December 23, 2016

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Programme aims to combat chronic hepatitis B in remote areas

People receive free hepatitis B blood test at an event to mark the World Hepatitis Day.
People receive free hepatitis B blood test at an event to mark the World Hepatitis Day.

The non-governmental GI and Liver Society of the Myanmar Medical Association will visit remote areas after wet season as part of its efforts to raise awareness of hepatitis B virus, its spokesperson said
Tuesday.
In an interview with the Global New Light of Myanmar, Prof Win Win Swe of the organization said the target areas are Belugyun in Mon State as well as Myeik and Kawthoung in Taninthayi Region, with plans to provide medical examinations in about 500 rural communities free of charge.
She said,“Knowledge dissemination is a fundamental and effective way in taking preventive measures against the virus.”
During this year, the organization will accelerate its works on preventive measures and vaccination against hepatitis across the country, especially in far-flung areas, she added.
The organization provided free medical services in Loikaw, Kayah State, and in Mudon, Mon State, between May and June, and administered vaccinations against hepatitis B virus to hundreds of monks with the contribution of a liver specialist, Prof Win Win Swe said.
“The 500-bed specialty hospital and the North Okkalapa General Hospital are providing free medical testing for hepatitis to people one day a week.”
Hepatitis B is widespread in Myanmar, and is caused by a virus that attacks the liver. It is estimated that around 12 percent of the country’s population are living with hepatitis B infection.

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