State poised to have own SoP for HCV screening, diagnosis

IMPHAL, 20th Oct: With the draft Standard of Procedure (SoP) for HCV screening, diagnosis and treatment initiated by Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) with technical inputs from physicians, gastroenterologists of the state and experts from the state health department nearing its final stage, Manipur is likely to become the first in the country to have its own state specific SoP very soon.

A state level workshop on 'finalisation of Standard of Procedure for HCV screening, diagnosis and treatment' held Saturday at Classic Hotel unanimously resolved to come up with a specific SoP for Manipur. The day-long workshop was organised by CoNE in consultation with directorate of health services, directorate of family welfare and state health society.

It was organised with the primary objective of finalising the state specific SoP, the draft of which was earlier developed by CoNE with feedback and suggestion from medical professionals and experts. During the course of the workshop, those present unanimously approved the draft SoP and it was agreed upon that the SoP can be adopted in principle based on certain amendments and information inserted wherever necessary. It was further agreed that CoNE along with the earlier core group will rework the SoP and finalise it after which it will be submitted to the principal secretary of health and family welfare through the state mission director of National Health Mission.

While presenting her views on the draft SoP after perusing presentations of experts from India and abroad, NHM state mission director N Bandana said that the initiative taken up by CoNE in bringing out the state specific SoP in the interest of the public is indeed praiseworthy. “The SoP also does not in any way contradict with the national guideline with exception to some additions. Therefore, it would be good if the organisers compile the proceedings of the workshop after necessary omission and addition and submit to me for forwarding the same to the principal secretary and further to the health minister for their approval,” the director maintained.

Bandana also accepted the fact that if the SoP is approved by the government, Manipur would be the first in the entire country to have a state specific SoP on HCV screening, diagnosis and treatment and that it would be a big achievement for the state.

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