New Delhi 28 July 2021: Lok Sabha Secretariat organized an Awareness Session on World Hepatitis Day in Parliament House Complex, today. Vice President of India and Chairman Rajya Sabha, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu; Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Om Birla; Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya; Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Shri Harivansh and Lt. Governor of Delhi, Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena graced the occasion.
Members of Parliament and other dignitaries attended the Awareness session.
On this occasion, speaking on India’s commitment to eliminate Hepatitis by 2030, Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla said that elimination of Hepatitis should be a people’s movement. OBSERVING THAT Awareness is key to fight against Hepatitis, Shri Birla called upon stakeholders to work purposively and proactively to give a tough fight to this deadly disease.
Speaking on the role of public representatives from Panchayats to Parliament, Shri Birla said that they should reach out to people and educate them about this disease. Educating people will eliminate their ignorance about Hepatitis, Shri Birla highlighted. The Speaker appealed the public representatives to create awareness among people about Hepatitis and its preventive measures. He further added that such awareness campaign should be done in the local language so that people can easily understand the message.
Appreciating the role of Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in sensitization and credible strategy in the fight against this disease, Shri Birla said that their stellar work in this direction need to be emulated by all those who are concerned with the domain of public health.
An awareness booklet on the causes, symptoms and preventive measures for combating Hepatitis was released on this occasion.
Vice President Shri Venkaiah Nadu administered an oath for elimination of Hepatitis to Members of Parliament and other attendees.
Earlier, Shri Birla inaugurated Liver Health Check up Camp for Members of Parliament in Parliament House Complex.
The seminar was organised by the Parliamentary Research and Training Institute for Democracies (PRIDE) and Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi.