National Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Programme
Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by one of the five hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. The Government of India through the National Centre for Disease Control is implementing the National Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Programme.
- To establish laboratory network for laboratory based surveillance of viral hepatitis in different geographical locations of India.
- To ascertain the prevalence of different types of viral hepatitis in different zones of the country.
- To provide laboratory support for outbreak investigation of hepatitis through established network of laboratories.
- To develop technical material for generating awareness among healthcare providers and in the community about waterborne and blood borne hepatitis.
- Establishment of laboratory based surveillance for viral hepatitis in the country for collection of data. Development of testing and surveillance guidelines and its dissemination.
- A network of laboratories with quality testing for hepatitis markers will be established covering the entire country
- Training of manpower/health care providers in 10 regional labs including NCDC i.e. the reference lab.
- Development of IEC for providers and community.
- Establishment of baseline data for hepatitis to see the impact
Source: National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
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