ILBS team organised awareness talk to sensitise, educate WAPCOS management, staff on various aspects of hepatitis B and C
The Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in association with Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) organised ‘I Pledge… (my support)’ activity at WAPCOS office in Gurugram. Over 400 employees availed the benefit of the campaign, got tested free of cost for hepatitis B and C and were vaccinated against hepatitis B. This activity was undertaken as a part of ‘Empowering People Against Hepatitis: The EMPATHY Campaign’.
ILBS team organised an awareness talk to sensitise and educate WAPCOS management and staff on various aspects of hepatitis B and C. Dr Neeraj Raizada, Assistant Professor-Epidemiology, and PI (Project Empathy), ILBS and senior officials of WAPCOS were present on the occasion.
Dr Raizada, addressed the gathering and explained the importance of screening of hepatitis B and C. While giving the keynote address, he said, “Hepatitis is a silent epidemic and according to Global Hepatitis Report 2017, only 10 per cent of the people who are infected, know their status. Symptoms mostly present after extensive liver damage has already happened. Hence it is very important that we get tested when we are asymptomatic before any liver damage has happened and also get vaccinated for hepatitis B.”
To address the problem of hepatitis B and C, ILBS has undertaken a comprehensive programme, namely, ‘Empowering People Against Hepatitis: The EMPATHY Campaign’, to generate awareness on hepatitis B and C across India through multi-pronged advocacy strategies for improving healthcare seeking behaviour.
Following this, all staff also extended their full support by sharing their pledge for the cause. ILBS team conducted a free screening cum vaccination for the employees. They were vaccinated against hepatitis B and screened for hepatitis B and C, on voluntary basis.
The event generated a chain of champions for the cause i.e., ‘Ending the hepatitis B and C epidemic’, at WAPCOS, each talking to ten and growing the number of people within the organisation and in their society becoming aware of the menace of hepatitis B and C and pledging to get screened and treated for hepatitis and to help those infected by supporting them and giving them their due at the workplace and in the society.