Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH : The State of Punjab has enrolled approximately 18000 patients on free treatment of Hepatitis C under Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund. The scheme was launched as a special State initiative on 18th June 2016 by Hon’ble Chief Minister Punjab. Under this scheme medical specialists have been trained by the experts of PGIMER Chandigarh and free treatment of Hepatitis C is being provided at 22 District Hospitals and 3 Govt. Medical Colleges of the State.
Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab has done rate contract of all the latest drugs for provision of free treatment to the cases of Hepatitis C. Moreover, a rate contract has been done with Dr Lal Path Lab under which the test of viral load and genotyping is provided to the patients at a subsidized rate. This was stated here today by Ms. Vini Mahajan, Principal Secretary, Health Punjab.
She said, since the launch of the scheme in June 2016, approximately 18000 patients have been initiated on the treatment of Hepatitis C in the State and out of these almost 8000 cases have completed the treatment. Around 1200 cases will be tested for viral load in coming days to know the outcome of the treatment. For the successful outcome of the treatment, it is essential that the viral load of the patient is tested 12 weeks after completion of treatment.
She added that in order to make it convenient for the patients, Department of Health and the empanelled lab will be doing the last viral load test for SVR (Sustained Viral Response) free of cost in the State. Till date 5 patients have been tested and 100% SVR has been achieved in these cases. With this effort of the Department, patients will have access to free test at the last stage of the treatment to know the outcome. The patients with negative viral load will be issued treatment completion and cure certificate by the Department of Health..