ARK foundation holds programme

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/16/2020 12:22:41 PM IST

With an objective to create awareness and treatment literacy with regard to new treatment drugs for viral hepatitis c (HCV), ARK foundation with support from Social Welfare Department and in collaboration with Zion Welfare Society, Wokha, KBCA, Noklak and DAPCU, Kiphire conducted a series of virtual programmes under the banner “treatment literacy on hepatitis C” with injecting drug users and staff of NGOs on October 10, 15 and 16.

A press release by ARK foundation stated that the sessions covered included hepatitis as a disease of the liver, its routes of transmission, test and diagnostics and treatment with the new oral regimens known as directly acting antivirals (DAAs) under national viral hepatitis control program (NVHCP).

Resource person, president, ARK foundation Ketho Angami shared made a presentation and explained how hepatitis was a general term for swelling (inflammation) of the liver which can be caused by alcohol, certain medications or herbs, inhaling toxic fumes, viral hepatitis infections, or contacts with contaminated urine, water, soil or food.

He said that common ways in which it is spread is through sharing drug use or tattoo equipment, measuring syringes, water, cookers, cotton, and tattoo ink and inkwells, Unprotected sex (especially if someone has a sexually transmitted infection such as herpes, syphilis, or HIV) that involves blood, mother-to-child during birth, and sharing personal care items that may have blood on them, such as razors and toothbrushes.

It was followed by a presentation on the nature of HCV testing which starts initially with the antibody test followed by a series of other diagnostic test and monitoring test during treatment. 

Meanwhile, participants were informed on the new treatment drugs namely sofosbuvir in combination with daclatasvir or velpatasvir with the genotype test not a requisite anymore.

It was explained that this was so because the new drugs called DAAs works across all the genotype and treatment period is ideally for a three months course. These drugs shows treatment cure rate as high as 96% with minimal side effects. 

Earlier, round of question and answer session was also conducted. Ketho concluded the programme by thanking partner NGOs for jointly organising the programme Social Welfare Department for its support.

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