Srinagar: The Communist Party of India (M) has said the outbreak of Hepatitis-C disease in parts of south Kashmir was due to government’s dismal performance in taking the requisite preventive measures.
State secretary of the CPI(M) Mohammad Yousuf Targami regretted that the epidemic had resulted in the death of 10 people in two months while many others are battling for lives in various hospitals.
Criticizing the health department for sleeping over the issue and delaying the notification of the disease to the World Health Organization, Tarigami has asked the government to formulate a comprehensive contingency plan to curb the disease.
‘Government should activate the Health Department and concerned research centres so that the causes of diseases are traced and dealt with effectively. Besides this, teams of experts be deputed to these areas to go deep into the causative agents which have resulted into outbreak of this deadly disease,’ the CPI (M) leader demanded.
He has demanded that the government should bear the full costs of treatment of the people affected by this disease in these areas.
President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Dr Nisar ul Hassan said that untreated Hepatitis-C patients were a constant source of transmission of infection to others and blamed the government for outbreak of the disease in south Kashmir.
“The government has failed in preventing Hepatitis- C outbreak by not providing treatment to patients and is responsible for their deaths and secondary transmission of the virus,” Dr Nisar said in a statement.
The problem had been further compounded by government issuing chemist shop licenses to unqualified persons, who “by way of their wrong medical practices are a major source of infection of the virus,” he said.