Date – 21/04/2018
Government to roll out Integrated Initiative for Prevention & Control of Viral Hepatitis
– The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to roll out ‘Integrated initiative for prevention & control of viral hepatitis’ under National Health Mission (NHM) for prevention and control of viral hepatitis. The initiative will have budgetary support of more than Rs 517 crore for three years. India is committed to eliminating the viral hepatitis by 2030.
– Under this initiative, the ministry will scale up to 100 treatment and 665 testing centres over period of next three years in all states. It will address components such as surveillance, awareness generation, immunisation, safe blood, injection safety infection control, diagnosis of viral hepatitis, capacity treatment centres, which will function as referral centres for diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C and assist in capacity building.