New Delhi: Ninety percent of Delhi`s population is not yet vaccinated against Hepatitis B, which kills more people than HIV/AIDS, Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia said Saturday. "Hepatitis, despite being as perilous as HIV, receives inadequate attention in India. It is a man-made disease and infection rate of Hepatitis is higher in adults and is more likely to be chronic in infants and young children.
Acute infection with hepatitis B usually does not require treatment.In rare cases, however, the infection may cause life-threatening liver failure and such patients are evaluated for liver transplantation. Vaccination against this disease are effective and safe.Supporting the concept of Hepatitis Awareness Camps in the country, Naveen Jindal, member of Parliament said, "India after China, has the second largest number of population suffering from Hepatitis B Virus, which is over 36 million.India needs to be made a Hepatitis free country. The concept of organ donation should be promoted in the country."S K Sarin, Director, ILBS said, "This journey is 10- year-old and with the contribution of the health department, 2.7 million children have already been vaccinated in Delhi."PTI
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