Tripura: Why tribal population of the state more susceptible to Hepatitis B?

Tripura: Why tribal population of the state more susceptible to Hepatitis B?

AGARTALA, Dec 13: Prevalence of Hepatitis B in Tripura was found  at only 3.6 percent , but the rate was found comapartively high in tribal population, said a research study.

The study has shown that the Chakma community has the highest susceptibility to Hepatitis B compared to other tribal communities – 11.4 percent followed by 7.6 % in Reang, 6 % in Noatia , 5.7 % in Jamatia and 5.17 percent in Murasing communities.

Dr. Pradip Bhowmik had conducted the study said that the trend of higher positivity among the tribes could be related to their ancestry.

Dr. Bhaumik started working on Hepatitis B and liver disease since 2002 through an organization 'Hepatitis foundation of Tripura' and his activities was mainly focused on Hepatitis – B awareness development and prevention through vaccination.

His topic was 'Molecular Epidemiology of the Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Tripura.'

Dr. Bhauwmik , an eminent physician of the state and associate professor of Agartala Government Medical College has been recently awarded Ph.D Degree by the Tripura Central University for his study.

He is reported to be the first doctor of Tripura to receive Ph.D Degree from the varsity.

(TNT News)

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