New Delhi: While attending a programme at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in Vasant Kunj on Sunday on the occasion of Hepatitis Day, Dr AK Walia, Health Minister in Delhi.

Government, announced that the state government will provide Rs 2.50 lakh instead of Rs 1 lakh to poor people undergoing liver transplantation as well as the limit of annual earning of those living Below Poverty Line (BPL) will be increased from Rs 24000 to Rs 1 lakh.

Showing concern over increasing hepatitis cases, he assured that Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) will be started in some of the hospitals within next 2 month.

Dr SK Sarin, Director of ILBS said, “With NAT, we will be able to detect HIV, hepatitis C and B simultaneously within 2-3 weeks of virus entering the body.”

“People who have undergone some surgery or have taken blood must go for blood test. This virus takes 20 years to develop in body and there is no vaccination to prevent hepatitis C,” he added.
Police Commissioner BK Gupta said, “This test is necessary for policemen too.”

Among others who attended the seminar were Assembly speaker Yoganand Shastri, Chief Secretary PK tripathi, Health Secretary Anshu Prakash, MCI Chairman Dr KK Talwar, former miss world Diana Hayden, cricketer Ashish Nehra.

JPN/Bureau