FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SILCHAR, July 8: A Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccition camp was organised by Bharatiya Ja Kalyan Sangstha (BJKS) at the premises of Burunga ME School at Tikar Burunga in Cachar recently.
Physician Pradip Kumar th discussed at length about the dreaded disease. He said Hepatitis B which was formerly known as serum hepatitis, is an acute systemic infection with major pathology in the liver, caused by Hepatitis B virus and transmitted usually by the parental route. The disease is clinically characterized by a tendency to a long incubation period, 6 weeks to 6 months, and a protected illness with a variety of results. Usually it is an acute self-limiting infection, which may be either sub clinical or symptomatic in ture. In approximately 5 to 15 percent of cases HBV infection fails to resolve and the affected individuals then became persistent carriers of the virus.
He also informed that persistent HBV infection might cause progressive liver disease including chronic active hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma. There is also evidence of a close association between Hepatitis B and primary liver cancer. Hepatitis B virus can form a dangerous alliance with delta virus and produce a new form of virulent hepatitis which is considered to be a wide spread threat for much of the world.
Hepatitis B is one of the most dangerous infectious diseases all over of the world.
Dr th informed that it is presumed that in one day so much people die in hepatitis exactly that number of like taken by AIDS in one year. It is more infectious than AIDS. Hepatitis B damages the liver which may lead to liver cancer and liver cirrhosis.
He added that Hepatitis B can be cured by treatment but it is extremely expensive and can be prevented by vaccine. Hepatitis B spread from blood, spit, sweat, semen etc. It is also spread from infected syringes. Dr Pradip Kumar th explained the gathering, how people can be vaccited against the dreaded disease. He said the vaccition schedule most of the used for adults and children has been four intramuscular injections. There is no confirmed evidence which indicates that hepatitis B vaccine can cause chronic illness. Annually over 4 crore people contract the dreaded disease worldwide, out of which about 10 lakh people succumb to it.
Bharatiya Jakalyan Sangstha is an NGO which has been actively organizing various medical and vaccition camp. The camp began from the early hours of the day.