The Big Killer

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

Health ministry and AIDS control body keep shifting responsibility; no statistics available on patients with co-infection
Author: Jyotsna Singh
India has an estimated 9.5 million patients suffering from hepatitis C, and around 2.4 million infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). While epidemiological studies clearly establish the link between infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV, there is no data on the number of patients afflicted with both due to the absence of coherent surveillance. The Indian government, too, is yet to lay down a strategy to help patients suffering from HCV and HIV co-infection, and accepted as much in response to a survey by the World Health Organization (WHO), released on July 26 on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day that falls on July 27.
 
Price control may ensure patients complete their course of medication
Author: Kundan Pandey
Umesh Sharma, 48, a resident of Delhi, was on drugs and would share syringes with his friends. He eventually discovered he was HIV positive in 1989; he was diagnosed with hepatitis C two years later. Sharma has stopped taking hepatitis medication for a year now as he finds it unaffordable. Though he has started developing other complications such as a frequently dipping haemoglobin level, he just cannot afford the medicines.
 
The government of India has included vaccine of hepatitis B in its vaccination programme but has paid scant attention to hepatitis C that accounts for 10 million deaths each year
Author: Kundan Pandey
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are five main viruses that cause the disease: Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.

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