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Hepatitis B screening camp for mothers on April 7

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, MARCH 31. A Hepatitis B screening and vaccination camp will be held for young mothers and pregnant women on April 7 in connection with the World Health Day.

Organised by MEDINDIA Hospitals, the camp expects to identify mothers who are Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HbsAg) carriers. Children of these mothers have to be vaccinated immediately after birth.

India has intermediate endimicty of Hepatitis B, with HbsAg prevalence estimated between two per cent and 10 per cent. The number of carriers is estimated to be over 40 million, said T.S. Chandrasekar, chairman of the hospital.

Estimates also indicate that annually, over 100,000 Indians die due to illness related to Hepatitis B virus infection. The chronically HBV infected persons are at high risk of mortality from cirrhosis and liver cancer, which together account for around 1 million lives every year.

Of the 25 million infants born every year in the country, over 1 million run the lifetime risk of developing chronic HBV infection. Prompt administering of Hepatitis B immuno globulin and the first dose of HBV vaccine have been shown effective in protecting most babies of carrier mothers. Children contract the infection during birth.

The free screening will be done for the first 100 registrants, of whom 50 will receive free vaccination for a three-dose schedule. The camp will be held at the hospital on Valluvarkottam High Road, Nungambakkam.

For registration, which will be held between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from April 3 to 6, contact 28311415 and 28311001.

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