Odisha To Conduct Screening Camps For Hepatitis B & C Of HRGs

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The Odisha government will be conducting screening camps for Hepatitis B & C of High-Risk Groups (HRGs) in municipal corporation areas of Cuttack, Ganjam, Khordha, Sambalpur and Sundargarh under the “Healthy Liver Campaign”. Secretary Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) Shalini Pandit on Wednesday wrote a letter to all Municipal Commissioners and Chief District Medical & Public Health Officers (CDM&PHOs) of Cuttack, Ganjam, Khordha, Sambalpur and Sundargarh to extend necessary cooperation for the conduct of such screening.

The screening will be conducted in the month of February and the tentative period of the campaign will be from February 27 to March 4. “…necessary cooperation may be extended to conduct such screening of HRGs, outsourcing staffs employed for sanitation, rehabilitation centres rendering services to IDUs, Truckers, construction site workers, migrants & other strategic populations during the month of Feb 2023. The tentative period of the campaign will be from 27th Feb 2023 to 4th March 2023,” the letter said.

According to the letter, the seroprevalence of Hepatitis B is 0.98% and Hepatitis C 0.34% in the community and the incidence of both HBV & HCV is much higher among High-Risk Groups such as MSM, FSW, TG, IDUs, Truckers, Migrants etc. who are more in numbers in the Municipal Corporation areas. This infection can lead to Cirrhosis of the Liver and Hepato Cellular Carcinoma, the letter warned.

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