Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (DMRC) today extended its support to an awareness campaign on Hepatitis, launched by the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi. “Empowering People Against Hepatitis: The Empathy Campaign”, an initiative aiming to spread a pan-India awareness on the menace of viral hepatitis B and C was formally launched at an event held at Metro Bhawan on 26th November 2018, in the presence of Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director of DMRC and Dr. Shiv Kumar Sarin, Senior Professor, Hepatology and Director, ILBS. The initiative is also supported by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Delving the keynote address at the event, Dr. Shiv Kumar 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.” Dr. Kumar urged the DMRC employees to undergo tests and take necessary precautions to avoid hepatitis.
Addressing the gathering at event, Dr. Mangu Singh, MD, DMRC extended DMRC’s complete support for the initiative. The MD further said, similar awareness and health check camps will be organized at Depots and residential colonies of employees.
The DMRC staff pledged for the cause and ILBS medical and para medical staff conducted screening and vaccination for all the volunteers. More than 250 of the DMRC staff got screened and vaccinated for Hepatitis B and C in the health check camp that took place at Metro Bhawan, soon after the pledge ceremony.
About 60 million Indians are inflicted with Hepatitis B and C virus infections which are responsible for liver cirrhosis and cancer. Majority harboring the infection are undiagnosed and unaware of their status. To address this problem, ILBS has undertaken a comprehensive program, 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 health care seeking behaviour with respect to Hepatitis and developing and promoting positive behaviours at individual, community and societal levels for infected individuals.