Published On: Thu, Jul 28th, 2016

Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar organized Walkathon to create awareness about Hepatitis-Causes

appllooBhubaneswar: In a bid to create awareness & educate general public about Hepatitis-Causes / Symptoms /Treatment, Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar organized a Walkathon here on Thursday. The Walkathon was kicked off by Mayor of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Shri Ananta Narayan Jena at sharp 7.00 AM from Hospital premises in the presence of Shri Sudhir M. Diggikar, Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar.

World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016 is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis and urge partners to support the roll-out of the first Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016–2021, which was approved during the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly in May 2016. The new strategy introduces the first-ever global targets for viral hepatitis. These include a 30% reduction in new cases of hepatitis B and C, and a 10% reduction in mortality by 2020.

“Key approaches will be to expand vaccination programmes for hepatitis B; focus on preventing mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B; improve injection, blood and surgical safety; “harm reduction” services for people who inject drugs; and increase access to diagnosis and treatment for hepatitis B and C. The most important aspect of organizing such noble initiative is to create awareness so that we can also be a part of the programme to eradicate viral hepatitis by 2030”, said Dr. Sushant Sethi, Sr. Consultant Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar.

Liver is a vital organ of our body. Hence it helps in digestion and detoxification it bears the brunt of whatever food and toxin we take. Also most of the drugs are metabolized in the liver only. As liver has tremendous regeneration capacity. It doesn’t fail to perform its daily function so easily. But when it fails not only body functions are severely hampered but also the other major organs like Brain, Heart and Kidney also get severely affected. So it makes a catastrophe, informed Dr. Sethi.
In our state the major challenges we face about creating awareness about viral Hepatitis which kills millions of live even today, said Dr Sushant Sethi. Awareness about food and water hygiene which creates epidemics of hepatitis A & E, vaccination of Hepatitis ‘B’ which should be a routine for every individual and protecting ourselves from Hepatitis ‘C’ should be our priority.
Another important factor in our social life is alcohol. While in moderation it doesn’t cause much harm, excessive abuse of alcohol causes severe impairment in Liver function. Hence in our society ‘Alcoholic Liver Disease’ is a serious concern which is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, added Dr. Sethi.
Due to lack of awareness, and poor access to hepatitis treatment services mean that most people who need treatment do not receive it, hence Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar is marching ahead to create awareness regarding the disease and educate people about its treatment. The hospital is also arranging to introduce a special Liver Screening Package at Rs.2000/- (Package includes LFT, Ultrasound of Liver, HbsAg, Anti-HCV). The hospital will also provide free Fibro scan whoever avails the liver screening package (Valid up to July 31st 2016). The price of Fibro scan is Rs.5000/-.

The aim of this programme is to create awareness about the disease & urge all and sundry about the infection, take positive action to know their status by getting tested, and finally seek treatment to reduce needless deaths from this preventable and treatable infection, said Mr. Diggikar CEO, Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar.

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