Thursday, September 29, 2022

NVHCP addresses Hepatitis epidemic in state

A team of 10 officials from the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program (NVHCP) under National Health Mission (NHM), ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) led by deputy commissioner NVHCP, Dr. Sandhya Kabra visited every district of the state to address the growing hepatitis epidemic in Nagaland from August 21-25.
According to a DIPR report, at the exit meeting, held in the conference hall, Hotel Vivor, Kohima on August 25, Dr. Sandhya Kabra said the conceptualisation of the programme was through consultative process involving all stakeholders, technical experts and community.
She explained that ensuring access across the country was focus on priority groups by identifying appropriates intervention, addressing quality standardised training and quality commodities and also about the integration with other existing mechanism
She pointed out that a total of 11 districts have registered in the NVHCP-MIS portal out of 16 districts and all 11 districts were functional for Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B.
Dr. Sandhya also spoke on issues of Viral Hepatitis Management Units in the sub-division and districts levels and suggested recommendations.
In her speech, H&FW secretary, Asangla Imti said the presentation of data profile collected from districts in Nagaland by the team was like a report card that has opened boxes of each district.
Asangla said the issues pointed out would be looked at and sorted out from recommendations suggested by the team.
She explained technical problems of the state and shortage of manpower due to creation of new districts which she said could be rationalised.
Principal director, H&FW, Dr. Vikato Kinimi pointed out that people of the state were ignorant to see the problem and stated that these issues could be tackled in the districts and solved by integrating more programmes with the ministry.
He also asked officers, lab technicians and staff of the department to see to all the issues.
The department also assured support in all the activities, to scale up NVHCP implementation across the state and integration with various vertical health programmes.
The programme was chaired by SNO, NVHCP, Dr. M. Nukshisangla Jamir while vote of thanks was proposed by NHM mission director, Dr. Thorhusie Katiry.