Haryana to provide free Hepatitis-C treatment to SC, BPL families of three districts

Chandigarh/June 18
Haryana government on Tuesday decided to provide free treatment for Hepatitis-C to patients belonging to Scheduled Castes and BPL families of Fatehabad, Jind and Kaithal districts.
Haryana government had sanctioned Rs 4.64 crore for providing free treatment to SC and BPL families living in these districts and is setting up a modern laboratory at Pt Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Rohtak at a cost of Rs 1.78 crore.
“A large number of Hepatitis-C patients have been found in Ratia sub-division of district Fatehabad. Around 2.18 lakh people were screened under a survey during the year 2012 in Ratia including 78 villages, 17 wards and three colonies and out of 7533 samples collected in the survey, 1630 persons were found to be suffering from the disease which includes 692 women and 938 men,” a spokesperson of Haryana government.
“Most of the patients were in the age group of 10 to 60 years and only 9 of them were below 10 year of age,” said the spokesperson, adding that a similar survey was also conducted in districts of Jind and Kaithal this year in which 89 persons were suffering from the disease.
Similarly, the survey in village Roheru of district Kaithal was conducted in March, 2013 in which 7786 people were covered and 342 samples were collected, out of which 107 cases were positive, he added.