Concerned over the reports of symptoms of Hepatitis-B in Spiti sub-division of tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti in the last few years, the Himachal Pradesh government is planning to launch awareness campaign to spread awareness about the disease.

Informing about the decision, Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar said the Health department would organise the World Hepatitis Day in a big way on 28 July at IGMC, Shimla to generate mass awareness on Hepatitis-B.

“Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) doctors after deep studies have prepared a booklet on the symptoms, reasons and treatment of Hepatitis-B. This booklet would go a long way in educating the people about prevention from this noxious disease,” he said. Parmar appreciated the efforts of the doctors of departments of Gastroenterology and Community Medicine, IGMC Shimla for bringing out this useful booklet.

In addition, all out efforts were being made to expand health services in the state and additional funds amounting to Rs 503.74 crore for implementation of National Health Mission State Programme for the current financial year has been sanctioned.

This allocation is Rs 268.36 crore more as compared to 2013-14.
He said the state had sent proposal to the tune of Rs 951.60 lakh for ASHA activities and Rs 24 lakh for appointing Microbiologists in the state. “The government has received approval of Rs 971.76 lakh from the Union Health Ministry for these proposals,” he said.