According to a team of doctors from MIOT Hospital in Chennai, India is on its way to emerge as the global capital of Hepatitis B virus. About 42 million people in the country suffer from the infection which is responsible for around 60% liver cancer cases in the country. What’s even more alarming is the fact the vaccination carried out in this regard. With effective vaccines available across the globe, India has not taken Hepatitis B serious and many school children have not been vaccinated against the virus.
Dr PVA Mohandas, director of MIOT hospital said that there are around 400 million people who are infected with HBV and nearly 40% of these people will suffer from liver cancer and cirrhosis. Dr Mohandas described the disease to be worse than even Aids and the team has undertaken a campaign to create awareness against HBV. Cine artist Vikram has been roped in as the brand ambassador for the campaign. The team has also set up an “Advanced Centre For Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases” to make people aware of the disease across the nation.