Hepatitis B Immunization Prog to be streamlined: CM

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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the State Government has taken up a comprehensive programme to spread awareness of Hepatitis B to ensure that threat of the disease is eliminated.

Talking to reporters here after launching the Hepatitis B Immunization Programme at her residence on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, the Chief Minister said her government has taken up a comprehensive educational and awareness programme including lectures for health workers, widespread publicity, dissemination of messages through radio and electronic media.

The health workers have also been well-trained to immunise people to ensure that threat of Hepatitis B disease is eliminated.

Infants at birth after 6 weeks, 10 weeks&14 weeks are now routinely administered. Hospitals in Delhi numbering about 45 are providing this vaccine 6 days a week, while dispensaries and maternal and child welfare centers of MCD are providing this vaccine twice a week.

on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day today, which is observed with the basic objective of creating widespread awareness, both, in the community and in the healthcare providers on various aspects of Hepatitis disease, a large number of children were immunizsed in the presence of Ms Dikshit.

Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri was also present on this occasion.

Ms Dikshit further said her government has formalised Hepatitis B vaccination as a part of routine immunisation programme. Hepatitis B vaccine is totally free of charge throughout Delhi and all the participating agencies and their health facilities have been offering their constructive contribution in this regard.

Hepatitis disease is caused by four different viruses namely A, E, B and C. A and E are caused through contaminated food and water, whereas Hepatitis B and C are caused through infected blood or its products.

The Chief Minister also called upon all concerned agencies to involve themselves in bringing awareness about Hepatitis B disease.

UNI

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