Friday, August 12, 2022

World Hepatitis Day 2022 observed across Nagaland



Nagaland joined the world Thursday in observing “World Hepatitis Day” on the 2022 theme, “Bringing hepatitis care closer to you”. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), 2022 theme aims “to raise awareness about the need to simplify and bring hepatitis care to primary health facilities, community-based venues and locations beyond hospital sites, so that care is closer to communities and people wherever they are.”
Kohima: State nodal officer, National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme (NVHCP), Dr. M Nukshisangla Jamir disclosed that Dimapur, Kohima and Tuensang districts were “almost at the top” of the HIV Hepatitis B & C cases in the state.
She was presenting the overall NVHCP of the state during the programme in the conference hall of Red Cross building, Kohima on Thursday.
Dr. Nukshisangla informed that around 65,730 patients were screened in the entire district for HIV out of which, 1341 were tested positive, bringing the positivity rate to 2.04%.
She informed that out of the 18,530 pregnant women who were screened, 124 were tested positive.
The state nodal officer urged upon the public to get tested, including pregnant women and to seek healthcare for diagnosis and treatment.
In his speech, special guest, National Health Mission (NHM), mission director, Dr. Thorhusie Katiry said chronic hepatitis could be prevented and was treatable and that hepatitis C was curable (in most cases).
Speaking on the significance of World Hepatitis Day, Kripa Foundation, documentation officer, Meghraj Lama informed that viral hepatitis caused inflammation of the liver that leads to severe disease and liver cancer.
Meghraj pointed out that the world was currently facing a new outbreak of unexplained acute hepatitis infections affecting children, adolescents and adults annually. Meghraj said this year’s theme was aimed at raising awareness on the need to simplify and bring hepatitis care to primary health facilities, community-based venues and locations beyond hospital sites, so that care was closer to communities and people wherever they were.
Renbonthung Tongoe shared his story and concerns with regard to the treatments.
The programme was chaired by centre-in-charge, ODIC, Kripa foundation, Shanchobeni N Shitiri. The programme was followed with an open discussion led by Kripa foundation director, Abou Mere.
Wokha: Nagaland Users’ Network TI Wokha, Nagaland Users Network (NUN) LWS Wokha, Wokha Users’ Network, KRIPA Foundation SNM Wokha, NVHCP, CMO, DAPCU and WNP+ organised the programme at chief medical officer (CMO) conference hall, Wokha.
Speaking on the occasion, District Hospital Wokha hepatitis nodal officer, Dr. Chumdemo Kikon said there were five common types of hepatitis virus—A, B, C, D and E where Hepatitis B and C was deadly leading to chronic diseases like liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. He said hepatitis was caused due to heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medication and by virus.
Dr. Chumdemo termed hepatitis as a deadly disease as most of the patient did not show symptoms and those symptoms developed may have jaundice, fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite.
He said early diagnosis could prevent health problems that may result from infection and prevent transmission of the virus.
Peer supporter to district hospital hepatitis nodal officer Wokha, Lideno Odyuo shared that at present 12 Hepatitis-B patient are on treatment and 10 Hepatitis-C patients are on treatment of which four patients were completed from Wokha District Hospital.
Mokokchung: World Hepatitis Day was jointly organised by NHM, DAPCU, NUN, Mokokchung NU, Mokokchung TI NGOs, NVHCP & NMP+ at the conference hall of CMO Mokokchung.
IMDH senior specialist, Dr. Kilangwabang Pongen highlighted types of hepatitis, signs and symptoms, preventive measures, modes of transmissions and treatment. He urged upon everyone to take precautions and get tested to avoid further spread.
CMO Mkg informed that different health units under Mkg district also observed World Hepatitis Day where health education was imparted on dangers of hepatitis, prevention and services provided. The programme was followed by free screening of beneficiaries for Hepatitis B.
Mon: NHM, NVHCP NUN, Mon Users Network (MUN), TI Shansham & District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU) jointly observed World Viral Hepatitis Day at OST Chapel Hall, DH Mon.
Speaking on the significance of the day, Dr. Vezokholu Theyo emphasised on the need to create public awareness on the importance of getting treated, testing expecting mothers and vaccinating new born babies.
District nodal officer, NVHCP, Dr Wungyong highlighted the difference between viral and hepatitis. Dr. Wungyong informed that so far District Hospital Mon has reported eight cases of hepatitis ‘B’ and four cases of Hepatitis ‘C’ with the total of 580 test done during the month of January to June 2022.
Longleng: Longleng district observed World Hepatitis Day at the Conference Hall of CMO Longleng with SMO, nodal officers (Hepatitis) District Hospital Longleng, Dr. Moathung Odyuo as resource person.
Dr. Odyuo highlighted the difference between alcoholic hepatitis and viral hepatitis and also talked about how Hepatitis B and C were of prime health concern. He said Nagaland had a prevalence of 0.29% for hepatitis B and 0.10% for hepatitis C. He said 40-50% of liver cancer was due to chronic untreated Hepatitis B and 12-32% of liver cancer was due to hepatitis C infection and that 20-30% of Hepatitis patient would turn to cirrhosis of liver if left untreated.
He urged to avail free treatment for hepatitis in all DHs across the state.
Kiphire: Office of the CMO Kiphire observed World Viral Hepatitis Day at IDSP hall, CMO’s office Kiphire.
In a press release, district media officer, Haichikambe Pame informed that DPO (RCH/UIP), Dr. K Pewezo Khalo highlighted significance of the day and how the day was observed to disseminate awareness about hepatitis, a major health issue.
Dr. Pewezo oriented participants on types of hepatitis, preventive measures, mode of transmission, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. He said the govt would provide free screening and testing for all high-risk groups and said every individual was responsible for prevention of hepatitis.
Further, Dr. Pewezo urged everyone for collective effort and collaboration of various NGOs and stakeholders to eliminate hepatitis.
Phek: NVHCP District Hospital Phek observed World Hepatitis Day at CMO office, Phek.
In a keynote address, CMO Phek, Dr. Khriezotuo Paphino said the day was observed to propagate the message and its control programme available in the country.
Dr. Khriezotuo also spoke about free diagnostic facilities and its treatment service facilities available in the district was also shared to the participants.
MO DH Dr. Zoshe Vero said viral hepatitis was an inflammation of liver that caused a range of health problems. He highlighted the five main strains of the hepatitis virus and route of transmission. The different types of symptoms of hepatitis virus and its diagnosis were also shared.
Noklak: On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, Shamator Noklak Battalion AR under the aegis of HQ 7 Sector AR/ HQ Inspector General AR (North) conducted awareness on hepatitis at AR Conference Hall, Noklak.
The awareness lecture was conducted by chief medical officer, 14 Assam Rifles, Dr. Jacob Lalmalsom, who addressed the students and staff of the school and educated them about the types of hepatitis, mode of transmission, signs and symptoms and its complications. He also spoke on preventive measures for hepatitis.


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