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Hepatitis surge in India,claims 2.50 lakh lives every year!

July 28: World Hepatitis Day !
Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) infections are silent diseases which remain asymptomatic for decades. And due to lack of awareness about it, more than 80 percent HCV patients and over 60 percent patients with HBV are diagnosed at a stage when the disease is irreversible.

In result, India's Hepatitis burden is rising day by day due to the use of infected injections and unsterilised medical equipment as well as unsafe blood transfusions. In India, nearly two-thirds of the injections being used are unsafe, posing health hazards for the recipients. Unhygienic use of needles in acupuncture and tattooing also has a significant role in spreading hepatitis, according to experts.
Infact, there are five main Hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E.  Where Hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water. But, Hepatitis B, C and D usually occurs as a result of parenteral contact with infected body fluids…

'We would die but won't go back', says Rohingyas!

Mehr-un-Nisha, dreads going back to Myanmar where she says people of her community are treated like pariah and subjected to atrocities. She is among the 195 Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar who are sheltered in a deplorable state in Jaitpur shantytown (Near Kalindi Kunj) in the southeastern periphery of the capital (Delhi) since last year.
"We would die but won't go back to Burma (Myanmar). Life is a virtual hell there. 

Though life is not easy here, it is much better than in Burma. No one harasses us here," Jasmine says.
"I don't know the future of my three-year-old daughter. How will she grow up? Where will she study?" a worried Mehr-un-Nisha said while her daughter was playing in a muddy pool of water outside her hut.
In May 2012, this group of Rohingyas had crossed over into India from Bangladesh. They had fled Myanmar fearing attacks on them from Buddhists in the violence that spread through Myanmar's Rakhine province (also known as Arakan).
Rohingyas are n…