SIMS Hospital and Thozhi Successfully Launch Free Hepatitis Vaccination Camp for Transgenders in the City

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SIMS Hospital and Thozhi Successfully Launch Free Hepatitis Vaccination Camp for Transgenders in the City

Posted on April 30, 2022

~ Organized as part of World Immunization Week, the camp aims to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination against hepatitis ~

In line with World Immunization Week 2022, SIMS Hospitals successfully launched a free Hepatitis B vaccination campaign in association with Chennai-based organization, Thozhi, for the transgender community of Chetpet, Chennai. The camp organized today highlighted the urgency of appropriate prevention accompanied by an awareness session. With the aim of providing 1000 free Hepatitis B vaccinations to the transgender community, this special campaign will continue until May 5, 2022, further at SIMS hospitals. The event was reported by Mrs. Namitha Marimuthu, actress and social activist and Dr. Kuganantham P, Head of Department, Social Medicines, SIMS Hospitals.

Hepatitis B is a life-threatening liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which can become chronic and persist for more than six months. Chronic hepatitis B increases the risk of liver failure, cancer and cirrhosis, a lifelong scarring of the liver. WHO estimates that 296 million people were living with chronic hepatitis B infection in 2019, with 1.5 million new infections every year and more than 1,15,000 Indians dying from complications related to hepatitis B SIMS Hospitals, in collaboration with Thozhi, is working to create community knowledge about the virus to protect public health while addressing the stigma around it, with this will.

Inauguration of the drive, Ms. Namitha Marimuthu, actress and social activist, said“I am happy to be part of this vaccination camp and I want to congratulate SIMS Hospitals for taking this wonderful initiative for the transgender community. Most people are not aware of the risks of not being vaccinated against transgender. Hepatitis B and I am happy that with this campaign awareness has been raised for the disease.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Raju Sivaswamy, Vice President of SIMS Hospital said “We strive to create awareness about hepatitis B because these vaccines are usually given to children, but adults require a revaccination of one or two boosters due to the risk of infection, in the later stages. Therefore, SIMS tries to reach these segments of people to offer preventive and prophylactic care while raising awareness of the importance of the vaccine.

Thozhi strives to create an equitable environment for the transgender community, to have the same quality services as others and to be able to seek help, especially in terms of health care when needed. Thozhi recognizes that achieving this goal will require a better understanding of the community and their experiences, and works to raise awareness.

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