ILBS DMRC join hands for hepatitis awareness campaign
New Delhi: A campaign that seeks to build a country-wide awareness on the menace of diseases like viral hepatitis was launched here on November 26, officials said. City-based Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have joined hands for this initiative which is also being supported by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). "Empowering People Against Hepatitis: The Empathy Campaign, aimed at spreading pan-India awareness on the menace of viral hepatitis B and C, was formally launched at an event held at Metro Bhawan," a DMRC official said.
"Millions of people in India are tested positive for hepatitis. They are denied opportunities due to the social stigma associated with this health condition. This initiative is meant to empower them and raise awareness on hepatitis," said Shiv Kumar Sarin, Senior Professor, Hepatology and Director, ILBS.
Kumar also urged the DMRC employees to undergo tests and take necessary precautions to avoid hepatitis. Managing Director of DMRC Mangu Singh extended the Delhi Metro's complete support to the initiative and said similar awareness and health-check camps would be organised at metro depots and residential colonies of employees.