HCV/HBV screening camp held in Thoubal

Altogether 59 people took part during the awareness session of which 46 were screened for HCV and HBV during the programme.

A one-day outreach programme for demand generation, testing and treatment of Viral Hepatitis through awareness and screening to increase testing and treatment demand for viral hepatitis was held at conference hall, Thoubal District Hospital, Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) stated on Monday.

The programme was organised on Monday by the State Viral Hepatitis Control Program (SVHCP), a unit of State Health Society, National Health Mission, Manipur in collaboration with CoNE, a release stated.

The activity is held in continuation of the screening programme organised under the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program (NVHCP) which started from February 24 at the conference hall of Old CMO office, Bishnupur, it stated.

It stated that the screening camp for both Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) was conducted among the drug users community at the conference hall of Thoubal district Hospital.

The programme was attended by chief medical officer in-charge, Thoubal district Dr Y Nokul and medical superintendent, Thoubal District Hospital Dr Ch Memcha Devi and CoNE president RK Nalinikanta as presidium members during the inaugural function cum awareness session, the release stated.

It mentioned that altogether 59 people took part during the awareness session of which 46 were screened for HCV and HBV during the programme.

It stated that of the total screened, 24 of them were found to be HCV antibody reactive while another 4 of them were found to be co-infected with both HCV and HBV. Another person was also found to be HBV positive. The blood samples of those found HCV antibody reactive were further collected for HCV RNA confirmation and deposited at the Model Treatment Centre (MTC) located at JNIMS, it added.  

Earlier during the awareness session, CoNE president RK Nalinikanta provided an overview of the services available under the national programme, it stated. He also elaborated on the basics of HCV and the importance of community involvement in mobilizing high risk groups for organising camp in order to help the government's effort of HCV elimination by 2030, it stated.

CMO i/c Dr Dr Y Nokul spoke on ‘NVHCP Implementation in the district of Thoubal’ while MS Dr Ch Memcha Devi spoke on ‘Manpower, Infrastructure and Programme Implementation, Status of Treatment Centre at District Hospital Thoubal,’ it added.

First Published:March 9, 2021, 12:25 a.m.

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