Union minister of state for health and family welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey, in an event at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College Hall, said a national relief centre has been set up to provide information on treatment and increase detection rate.
World Hepatitis Day 2019: Infants and young children are at the greatest risk of developing chronic (lifelong) infection if they are exposed to HBV. Approximately 30-50 per cent of children, and 90 per cent of babies are not able to fight off the virus and will develop chronic infection.
The minister spoke about the implementation of the Hepatitis-C programme, and said availability of free drugs against the disease has been finalised and would be launched very soon across the country, according to a ILBS statement.
HBV impacts spermatogenesis negatively in males. This causes a reduction in the sperm count, free testosterone levels, motility, viability, and morphology which further impacts overall fertility and ability to produce an offspring in them.