Hepatitis-B vaccination camps for North Bengal & Sikkim Scribes
While Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan starts campaigning for massive Hepatitis-B vaccination across the country, an Assam based hospital has taken...
Guwahati: While Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan starts campaigning for massive Hepatitis-B vaccination across the country, an Assam based hospital has taken a rare initiative to vaccinate different groups of people including the media persons. After two successful free Hepatitis-B vaccination camps at Guwahati and Dimapur, Assam’s well-known Dispur Hospital has organized two such camps for the benefit of scribes based in North Bengal and Sikkim.
Bachchan, who has been engaged as the brand ambassador for Hepatitis-B campaign in India, himself narrated his story of infection with unchecked blood transfusion during a 1982 accident. As he was given 60 bottles of blood from nearly 200 donors, where one of them was infected with Hepatitis-B, the megastar was also affected by the virus. Later it was found that the virus had already damaged nearly 75% of Bachchan’s liver, but with proper medication, the Big-B continues living a normal life with all creative endeavours.
It may be mentioned that Hepatitis-B is an infectious and deadly disease that primarily affects the human liver. Caused by the Hepatitis-B virus, the disease may show no symptom during the initial infection. Emerged as a critical public health problem in the country, the virus kills annually over 600,000 patients in the Indian subcontinent.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) over 40 million Indians are living with the chronic Hepatitis-B infection. As the infection of Hepatitis-B virus can be prevented by the vaccine, the WHO recommends better detection and prevention facilities across the globe.
Dispur Hospitals private limited under the leadership of Dr JK Bordoloi has organized the Siliguri free media Hepatitis-B vaccination camp in association with Siliguri Journalists’ Club on 21 December 2015. The other one is initiated next day at Gangtok with the help of Sikkim Press Club. The second & final dose of Hepatitis B vaccine will be administered after 30 days accordingly in both places to complete the vaccination process.
By Nava Thakuria