SIMS Hospital and Thozhi successfully kickstarts Free Hepatitis Vaccination Camp For Transgenders In The City

In line with World Immunization Week 2022, SIMS Hospitals
successfully kickstarted a free Hepatitis B vaccination drive in association with Chennai based
organisation, Thozhi for the transgender community in Chetpet, Chennai. The camp organized
today, highlighted the urgent need of tailored prevention along with an awareness session.
With an aim to provide 1000 free Hepatitis B vaccinations to the transgender community, this
special drive will continue till May 5 th , 2022, further at SIMS Hospitals. The event was flagged off
by Ms. Namitha Marimuthu, Actor and Social Activist and Dr. Kuganantham P, Head of
Department, Social Medicines, SIMS Hospitals.

Hepatitis B is a life-threatening liver illness caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which can
become chronic and persist for more than six months. Chronic hepatitis B raises the risk of liver
failure, cancer, and cirrhosis, a scarring of the liver that lasts a lifetime. WHO estimates that 296
million people were living with chronic hepatitis B infection in 2019, with 1.5 million new
infections each year and over 1,15,000 Indians die as a result of hepatitis B-related
complications. SIMS Hospitals, in collaboration with Thozhi are working to create community
knowledge about the virus in order to protect the public health while also tackling the stigmas
that surround it, with this drive.
Inaugurating the drive, Ms. Namitha Marimuthu, Actor and Social Activist said, “I am glad to be
a part of this vaccination camp and I would like to congratulate SIMS Hospitals for having taken
this wonderful initiative for the transgender community. Most people are unaware of the risks
of not being vaccinated with Hepatitis B and I am happy that with this drive, awareness has
been raised for the condition.”

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Raju Sivaswamy, Vice President, SIMS Hospital said “We are
striving to create an awareness on Hepatitis B since such vaccines are usually given to children,
but adults require a revaccination of one or two boosters owing to the risk of an infection, in
the later stages. Hence SIMS is trying to reach out to these segments of people to proffer
preventive and prophylactic care along with raising awareness on the importance of the
Thozhi works towards creating an equitable environment for the Transgender community,
having the same quality services like others and be able seek support , especially in terms of
healthcare when in need. Thozhi recognises that achieving this goal will require a greater
understanding of the community and their experiences, and strives to raise awareness for the
About SIMS Hospital: SIMS Hospitals (SRM Institutes for Medical Science) is one of the leading
multi-specialty hospitals in Chennai. This 345-bed hospital offers comprehensive healthcare
experience across a wide range of specialties, including multi-organ transplant services. The
hospital houses 15 modular OTs, 3 state-of-the-art Cath labs (including 1 Bi-plane Cath lab),
advanced ICUs with Hepa-filters and innovative medical technologies, all under one roof. With
the finest combination of experience, expertise, cutting-edge technology and well-coordinated
multi-specialty Quaternary care facilities and patient-centric teamwork, SIMS Hospital Chennai
is committed to deliver services of international standards. SIMS Hospital offers holistic health
care that includes prevention, prophylactic treatment and care, rehabilitation and lifestyle
health education and guidance to patients, their families, and clients. At SIMS, every step is
aimed at ensuring excellence in patient care.

About Hello Doctor: Hello Doctor- 20012001 is a unique initiative by SIMS Hospitals, launched
with the concept of “continuum of care” to serve mainly elderly patients and children. Providing
both home healthcare services and acute hospital care, the program is designed to provide
continuous SIMS level healthcare at the comfort of their homes. The program offers treatment
for more than 50 different acute conditions that can be treated appropriately and safely in
home settings with timely in-person care from a team led by a doctor and nurse practitioner.
Through the Hello Doctor service, SIMS Hospital also extends its arms to provide care for
patients post-discharge and offers precise guidance and treatment. SIMS encourages citizens
to use Hello Doctor service to understand about various medical ailments and get timely
consultation from doctors.

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