RDA and Deptt of Community Medicine organize World Hepatitis Day
Aligarh: On the occasion of World hepatitis Day, Resident Doctors Association (RDA) and Department of Community Medicine, JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University organized free camp for Hepatitis B vaccinations with the aim to achieve maximum vaccination among resident doctors and interns of JNMC. This year the theme of World Hepatitis Day is â€˜Prevent hepatitis-Act nowâ€™.
While inaugurating the camp, Prof Tariq Mansoor, Principal and CMS, J.N. Medical College said that the initiative would prove to be an admirable and sincere effort by the RDA and Department of Community Medicine.
Addressing on the occasion, Prof Najam Khalique, Chairman, Department of Community Medicine informed that according to WHO, every year approximately 7,80,000 people die of Hepatitis B infection. He said that safe and effective vaccine could protect from hepatitis B infection for whole life whereas unsafe medical practices poses risk for patients and healthcare workers.
Prof Haris M Khan, Medical Superintendent, JNMCH said that hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by virus. He pointed out that it is a major global health problem and the most serious type of viral hepatitis which can cause chronic liver disease.
Dr Nafees, Dr Istiyaq Ahmad along with the resident doctors, interns, and staff Nurses made arrangement for free vaccination. In the camp more than 100 vaccination done in which 38 were taken zero doses.
Dr Azad, Dr Aftab, Dr Shadab, Dr Ahmad, Ms Ferheen, and all staff members and junior residents of the Department of Community Medicine as well as Resident Doctors and interns actively participated in the camp.
World Hepatitis Day is celebrated in honour of Nobel Laureate Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg, who discovered hepatitis B virus and developed the first hepatitis B vaccine.