Campaign against hepatitis launched in Jalalabad
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): At least two percent of the country’s population mostly youth and children, 5,000 of them only in eastern Nangarhar province, are infected with hepatitis A and B, the Ministry of Public Health said on Thursday.
Mohammad Younus Bargami, coordinator HIV program, said at a gathering commemorating International Hepatitis Day that efforts had been accelerated to control the disease.
“At least three persons die of Hepatitis in every three minutes in the world and two percent of population is tainted with hepatitis in Afghanistan. The treatment of the disease is not possible in the country’s hospitals since it is expensive,” he added.
Bargami said: “We provide anti-hepatitis vaccines to children and also have started awareness programmes to enable people to protect themselves from the disease.”
Provincial HIV program coordinator Noor Hassan Bashar Yar said that efforts would be expedited to curb the menace. He said that 3,145 persons were infected with Hepatitis B and 1,315 were caught by Hepatitis A.
The health ministry officials ensured that a drive had been kicked-off to know the exact number of Hepatitis affected persons and would provide them with treatment.
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