In­dia launches vi­ral hep­ati­tis con­trol pro­gramme

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Union Min­is­ter of Health and Fam­ily Wel­fare JP Nadda re­cently launched the Na­tional Vi­ral Hep­ati­tis Con­trol Pro­gramme to erad­i­cate vi­ral hep­ati­tis by 2030. The pro­gramme was launched to mark the World Hep­ati­tis Day 2018. On the same oc­ca­sion, the min­is­ter also re­leased the Op­er­a­tional Guide­lines for Na­tional Vi­ral Hep­ati­tis Con­trol Pro­gramme; Na­tional Lab­o­ra­tory Guide­lines for Vi­ral Hep­ati­tis Test­ing; and Na­tional Guide­lines for Di­ag­no­sis and Man­age­ment of Vi­ral Hep­ati­tis. The main ob­jec­tives of the Na­tional Vi­ral Hep­ati­tis Con­trol Pro­gramme aim to con­trol vi­ral hep­ati­tis in the coun­try, thus, thereby re­duc­ing mor­tal­ity and mor­bid­ity at­trib­uted to it. The key strate­gies of the pro­gramme in­clude pre­ven­tive in­ter­ven­tions with fo­cus on aware­ness gen­er­a­tion, safe in­jec­tion prac­tices and so­cio­cul­tural prac­tices.

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