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An expert team of the state health department has been sent for investigation into the report of surfacing an ‘unknown disease’ in a village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district.

This was disclosed by the Manipur health and family welfare Minister L Jayantakumar while attending the Empathy Campaign cum awareness programme of Viral Hepatitis with free vaccination held at the conference hall of JNIMS,a state run medical institute here today.

Informing that expert medical team will prepare a detailed report for taking further necessary action, Jayentakumar said he had also spoken to the Minister of health, Government of India in this regard.

Two persons were reportedly passed away due to an ‘unknown disease’ at Khamasom Phungdhar village under Ukhrul district, according to media reports.

On the other hand Jayantakumar Singh has informed that the government sets its objective to eliminate Hepatitis Disease by the year 2030 adding that National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme was launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Health & Family Wellfare, Government of India with the objective to provide free screening, testing, diagnosis and treatment of all varieties of Hepatitis.

He also maintained that there are two centres in the state at present to avail the mentioned facilities, one at RIMS and another at JNIMS.

The government has also inaugurated treatment centres and testing laboratories for Hepatitis in another seven districts i.e Thoubal, Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Tamenglong and Senapati.

Free testing and diagnosis has already been started in these seven districts also, he added.

The occasion of Empathy Campaign cum awareness programme of Viral Hepatitis with free vaccination was jointly organized by Airport Authority of India, National Health Mission, Manipur, Authority of JNIMS and ILPS, India.

Director Dr Th Bhimo Singh, Medical Superintendent Dr.Jitendra Singh of JNIMS, Director, Airport Authority of India, Imphal and others also attended the programme.

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