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Eradicate Hep in State: FATYCM to Govt
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Imphal, November 27 2013: FATYCM today asked the Manipur Government if any policy has been initiated to tackle and eradicate hepatitis disease in the state whose rate has been recorded as alarming in the North East with Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh being the worst states to be hit hard by hepatitis B and C, the most dangerous of all the six hepatitis types.

Federation of All Tribal Youth Clubs, Manipur expressed concern that treatment for this deadly disease needs a huge amount of money and that low-income families just have to let themselves to depart life or face a situation that cannot be made obvious when the disease strikes.

The federation said it demands the state Government to launch a total hepatitis elimination campaign in the state and mentioned that the Governments of states like Tripura and Assam in the region have already launched hepatitis total eradication programmes.

Citing unofficial data, it said now the number of hepatitis deaths and people suffering from this disease has exceeded the number of HIV/AIDS sufferers in the state.

FATYCM, at the same time, said the organisation is upset over the multiple queues that the people have to face every time they buy tickets from the OPD ticket counters at RIMS and JNIMS.

Normally, people who want health check and treatment have to hang around for hours to get tickets from the Out-Patient Department counters at the premier hospitals of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences.

The Government should transform the system because it causes avoidable trouble to patients, it demanded.

It said persons coming from remote areas in the city just to have medical check-up and treatment at the RIMS and JNIMS are often disappointed and made exhausted by long and multiple queues which always leave them in fuss when trying to get a ticket at the counters.

The Government should take steps to make either an alternative arrangement or expand the OPD counters in order that such nervous and unnecessary hustle and bustle system of ticketing is avoided.

Then again, the Medical Representatives (MRs) are creating more problem in these hospitals as they take time in demo in the doctor's room disturbing patients, FATYCM said.

The organization therefore also demands the Government to lengthen the OPD timing to avoid the unnecessary nuisance, it added.


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