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300 pledge to eradicate Hepatitis B

CHANDIGARH: Leading international and national hepatologists from 18 countries joined hands on Saturday, with other medical professionals, nursing students and public to sign an appeal to the government of India to help eradicate Hepatitis B from India. Around 300 people participated in the drive which was spearheaded by Dr Arvind Sahni, organizer of the three-day international summit held in city.

Explaining the rationale for the drive against Hepatitis B, Dr Sahni said, There are 40-50 million chronic Hepatitis B carriers in India and the number is increasing rapidly. A very large number of deaths take place every year because of Liver Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer caused by Hepatitis B. The tragic part is that Hepatits B can easily be prevented by ensuring that each child is given three doses of vaccination.

He adds, At present, four out of five babies do not get the three vaccinations. Our plea to the government is to take this issue up on a war-footing and create a movement quite like the Pulse Polio programme.

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