Monday, February 27, 2012

Hepatitis-C spreading its tentacles

Our Correspondent

Fazilka, February 26
Hepatitis-C, a viral liver disease, is telling upon the health of population in the nearby Mandi Ladhuka area of the Fazilka sub-division. Over a hundred people of the mandi, having a population of over 4,000, had already been suffering or are presently suffering from the disease.

If the data provided by medical practitioners of the private clinics is to be believed, then some patients with meagre resources for treatment have died due to hepatitis-C during the last three years.

The data of the exact number of the patients is not available with the health department but the Civil Surgeon has order an inquiry in the mandi area.

One patient, Prem Lata (70), has been admitted to the PGI at Chandigarh for treatment and her condition is stated to be serious. Another patient Suman is also suffering from the hepatitis virus. One Billu had died some time back due to this disease, according to sources.

"I have asked the District Health Officer (DHO) and Senior Medical Officer (SMO) of the Primary Health Centre at village Jandwala Bhimeshah to find out the exact position," said Dr Rakesh Sikri, Civil Surgeon.

"We shall submit the report by Monday" said District Health Officer Dr YK Gupta. He however ruled out outbreak of the disease.

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