India launches viral hepatitis control programme
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.