New Indian Express (07.29.2013)
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As many as 700 Indian students received free hepatitis B screening and vaccinations on World Hepatitis Day last Sunday in a program organized to raise awareness and save lives. A team of 20 post-graduate students from India’s Omayal Achi College of Nursing provided education and immunizations at a special “camp.” Dr. V. Santharam, vice chancellor at Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, said that hepatitis B affected one-third of India’s population, and approximately 15 percent were critically ill. He also discussed the importance of getting vaccinated and the best time to receive the vaccine. The Indian Society of Gastroenterology, Tamil Nadu Chapter, the World Gastroenterology Organization, and volunteer health organization Ramakrishna Mission sponsored the initiative. Swami Satyajnanananda, secretary of Ramakrishna Mission Students’ Home, emphasized the importance of awareness and education and told the students they needed to be informed about hepatitis and to share this information with others. Anandan from Tiruthani, one of the participants, said he was not educated about hepatitis before attending camp. “I understood what it is after I attended the function. I will definitely get vaccinated,” he said.