The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has
launched the National Action Plan –
Viral Hepatitis. Technical
Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management of Hepatitis B was also released.
Plan provides a strategic framework, based on which National Viral Hepatitis
Control Program was framed and launched in 2018. According to the action plan,
one model hepatitis treatment centre will be established in each State in a
government institution in the first year and model centres will be increased gradually.
Viral Hepatitis Control Program aims to combat hepatitis and achieve goal
of countrywide elimination of Hepatitis C by 2030. It also seeks to achieve
significant reduction in the infected population, morbidity and mortality associated
with Hepatitis B and C, A and E. The program is in line with India’s global commitment
towards achieving Sustainable development Goal (SDG) 3.3. SDG 3.3 calls to end
the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases
and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases by
is an inflammatory condition of the liver caused by five known hepatitis
viruses — A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis B and C are transmitted by unsafe
injection practices, infected blood and blood products, sexual transmission and
from mother to child. The infections may lead to cirrhosis and liver cancers.