Chandigarh, May 28 UNI | 2 months ago

The Haryana government has chalked out a comprehensive strategy for the treatment of Hepatitis-C patients in the state under which free treatment is being provided to Hepatitis C positive patients belonging to Scheduled caste and BPL category.

Stating this today, Health Minister Rao Narender Singh said that the Gastroenterology Department of PGIMS, Rohtak has been made the nodal centre for the treatment and management of hepatitis C patients and Department Head Dr Praveen Malhotra has been appointed as physician for the treatment of hepatitis C patients.

He said a laboratory was being set up at a cost of Rs 1.78 crore at Gastroenterology Department of PGIMS, Rohtak.

He said two machines would be installed in this laboratory which includes Fibro Machine for scanning of fibrosis of liver and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine for testing of viral load of hepatitis C patients for further management and treatment.

Mr Singh said a budget of Rs 4.64 crore has been approved for treating the BPL and SC patients free of cost in three districts of Haryana namely Jind, Kaithal and Fatehabad. The free of cost service will be provided to domicile of Haryana only. A sum of Rs two crore has been provided for initiating immediate management of BPL and SC category of patients.

At present, 240 patients were being treated at nodal centre of PGIMS, Rohtak, he added.

(Posted on 28-05-2014)