New Delhi: To create awareness amongst general public, especially school children and high-risk groups regarding proper hygiene, safe water supply, safe sexual practices, safe screened blood transfusions and vaccination, the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) celebrated its 15th Hepatitis Day in association with Amity at the ILBS, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. To drive home the core message about viral hepatitis, various innovative programs were organized at ILBS, ranging from poster competitions to family counseling sessions, slogan writing competition and fancy dress competition etc. Over 40 Delhi schools participated in these events. 114 entries of students were from eight Amity International schools for the participation in different competitions. A liver screening camp was also organized to detect hepatitis for walk in patients including 1st degree of vaccination and free health check up.This year’s theme was “VIRAL HEPATITIS, TOGETHER WE CAN FIGHT TO WIN”. The theme assumes significance in view of the fact that viral hepatitis, an infection of the liver, is a global health problem affecting all age groups and people from all walks of life. In most of the cases, the disease is self-limiting but occasionally, it can lead to serious complications. This year the emphasis was on prevention. General sanitary measures like safe drinking water, avoidance of use of common razors/toothbrushes with patients of liver disease, use of sterile needles and syringes, practicing safe sex can prevent the transmission of hepatitis viruses.Welcoming the august gathering Dr S K Sarin, Director ILBS said that “India is fast becoming a very ‘Rights Oriented Society’. However before rights, knowledge and awareness comes, therefore don’t outsource your health, take control of your health and have safe and hygienic water and food”.
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