Monday, August 8, 2022

ARK Foundation conducts workshop, screening

ARK Foundation in collaboration with Light way Society and supported by National Health Mission (NHM), conducted a “treatment literacy workshop and voluntary screening” for Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) on Tuesday, at Light way society office, Pfütsero.
In a press release, ARK Foundation president, Ketho Angami informed that project director, Light way society, Vesusayi Tetseo in his opening remarks exhorted the gathering on the importance of viral hepatitis awareness and to know one’s own status.
Ketho Angami, who was the main speaker at the workshop touched upon core issues behind hepatitis which mostly resulted due to ignorance. He highlighted about hepatitis in general and also about viral hepatitis.
On the topic of viral hepatitis, he said there were different types of viral hepatitis—HAV, HBV, HCV, HDV and HEV. Out of these, the two strains of viral hepatitis B and C were considered lethal if left untreated, he informed.
He also spoke on routes of transmission, signs and symptoms, test, diagnosis and treatment and oriented participants on step-by-step procedures of all the treatment aspect and informed that treatment was free of cost.
Ketho however, lamented that there was no proper facility in Pfütsero town and that one should travel to Phek District Hospital or Kohima NHAK to avail treatment.
In his concluding remarks, Ketho clarified some common misconceptions about transmission saying that it did not transmit through mosquito bites, sweat, sharing of clothes or physical contact.
At the end of the programme, a voluntary testing for both HBV and HCV was conducted.

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