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Hepatitis-B awareness campaign launched at Arunachal's Rupa Valley
A hepatitis-B awareness campaign has been launched by the All Arunachal Gorkhali Janakalyan Samity in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh's Rupa Valley on August 9, informed Fagos Ratan Pakyong –an office bearer of the Samity and my former student at KV, Tengavalley.

In order to generate awareness, the campaign was organised by the Samity under the guidance of the WHO-affiliated Biological Evans Group in the region.

At the campaign launch function, Dr Ahmed explained in detail about the causes, symptoms and treatment of hepatitis-B. He also told about the preventive measures of the same. Since we know that 'prevention is better than cure' thus, the vaccination is going be organised at Singchung shortly, he informed by sending pictures of the launch of the second phase of the campaign.

According to the campaigners, hepatitis-B is a silent killer because it sometimes shows no symptoms and once turning chronic it is one of the most dangerous communicable diseases, therefore campaigns and camps are requited in Arunachal Pradesh to mitigate the spread of the disease. The present campaign is being sponsored the local MLA Kumsi Sidisow.

On the sidelines of the launch function, in a meeting of the Samity, Amrita Sharma was unanimously selected as the legal advisor of the Samity, informed Pakyong.

According to WHO, hepatitis-B is a potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is a major global health problem. It can cause chronic infection and puts people at high risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Now, a vaccine against the disease is available, which is 95 per cent effective in preventing infection and the development of chronic disease and liver cancer due to hepatitis B, adds WHO website.

Hepatitis-B is an important occupational hazard for health workers also. Hence proper procedures and precautions are needed to be followed during the vaccination camps.

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