Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hepatitis C is more serious disease than hepatitis B, says Dr Vijay Prakash

Patna: Observing the World Liver Day, head of the gastroenterology department of the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) Dr Vijay Prakash on Wednesday said hepatitis C is more serious disease than the hepatitis B.

"But the disease can be diagnosed and cured as good medicines are available in the market on economic rate. Now, one can get medicines at Rs 45000 for full course ," he said.

"About 70 to 80 per cent of patients suffering from hepatitis C, has been seen cured by taking proper medicines", he said.

"We have vaccine for hepatitis B but still don't have it for C", he said.

He also stressed the need to streamline blood bank system in the state. "There are guidelines for it in national-level but sufficient work has not been done in the last 15 years and this is one of the reasons of spreading hepatitis as patients take blood from anywhere during their needs", he said.

He also advocated for single chain system of the blood banks so that patients could get right blood at right time.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

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