A programme to provide free drugs for Hepatitis B would be developed soon, said Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda.
New Delhi: A programme to provide free drugs for Hepatitis B would be developed soon, said Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda.
He also said that free vaccination against Hepatitis B for all health care workers would be available across India.
“A full programme on Hepatitis-B will be soon developed with availability of free drugs against this deadly virus,” he said.
The minister made this announcement on Friday while speaking at the 27th Annual Conference of the Asian-Pacific Asso-ciation for the Study of the Liver (APASL).
The five-day event, which began on March 14, was organised by the Asia Pacific Association for Study of Liver and Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS).
Mr Nadda spoke about the implementation of the Hepatitis-C programme, and said availability of free drugs against the disease has been finalised and would be launched very soon across the country, according to a ILBS statement.
He also said liver diseases should be given greater significance and will be included in the non-communicable diseases programme in the near future. One of the major highlights of the conference included treatment options for liver cancer, the second commonest cause of cancer deaths worldwide. It is also one of the fastest growing cancers and the only viable treatment is liver transplantation, a statement said. Over 3,000 delegates are attending the event.