Press release GEM Hospital inaugurates “Save Liver for Safe Life” Programme on World Hepatitis Day
World Health Organisation observes 28 August as World Hepatitis Day to create awareness among public about the ill effects of Hepatitis which ultimately leads to liver cirrhosis and cancer. The specialty department of liver and pancreas at GEM Hospital and Research Centre, Coimbatore has chartered out various programmes on the eve of World hepatitis day. This specialty department has joined hands with Rotary clubs of Centennial and Spectrum to implement a year long liver awareness campaign and free Hepatitis B vaccination to all college students of Coimbatore.
This flagship programme named Save liver for Safe life was inaugurated by the dean of Coimbatore Medical College Prof.Revathi & Explained about the efforts taken by Government to contain hepatitis at GEM Hospital today. Dr.C.Palanivelu, Chairman of GEM Hospital in his welcome address highlighted the increased incidence of hepatitis in India, especially among the younger population and the need to tackle it on a priority basis. Explaining about this project, Dr.P.Senthilnathan, Head of the department of Liver and Pancreas has said it will be implemented through Rotaract clubs of all colleges in Coimbatore throughout the year in a phased manner. This project involves teaching and interactive sessions by the liver specialists of GEM Hospital at college campuses followed by free hepatitis B testing and vaccination for students at GEM Hospital.
As a part of this programme, health card will be issued to all students who upon presentation will be entitled to concessional treatment at GEM Hospital. The presidents of Rotary clubs of Centennial and Spectrum, Rtn Dr Murugesan and Rtn PHF Mohan Menon presented the health cards to members of Rotaract club of Sri Krishna college of arts and science during the function. Dr. P.Karthikeyan, head of Medical Gastroenterology department of the hospital proposed vote of thanks.
The hospital also observes liver week and various other programmes are hosted during the week. It includes daily talks by liver specialists about various aspects of liver diseases, free liver camp and Hepatitis B immunization etc.