Dr V G Mohan to received best doctor award from TN govt
City-based gastroenterologist Dr V G Mohan Prasad received the state government’s ‘Best Doctor’ award from health minister C Vijayabaskar in Chennai on Thursday for his work in the field of liver diseases.

Dr Mohan has done extensive work since the 90s to screen underprivileged people for hepatitis B and hepatitis C and administer vaccinations free of cost. Last year, Dr Mohan initiated a project to screen prisoners in the city for hepatitis B and hepatitis C and treat those who tested positive. He has now set his sights on Annur, which has a high concentration of hepatitis C patients.

Dr Mohan, of Udumalpet, decided to follow his elder brother’s footsteps, and pursue medicine at the Government Coimbatore Medical College Hospital in 1975. After completing MBBS in 1981, he went on to do doctor of medicine (MD) in the same institution in 1985 and then specialization in gastroenterology in Madras Medical College in 1987. In 1994, Dr Mohan became the president of Rotary Club of Udumalpet.

On every ‘Hepatitis Day’, Dr Mohan would screen orphans and give them free vaccinations. Dr Mohan is known for his initiative to bring down the cost of hepatitis B vaccines, which used to cost Rs750 for an adult dose and Rs350 for a pediatric dose in 1998.

“When I wanted to vaccinate 1 lakh children, I called the chairman of Shanta Biotechnique who brought down the cost to Rs30 after which other pharma companies followed,” he said. “We managed to test and give all the three vaccination doses free for 2,880 children across 40 orphanages. One child tested positive and was treated free of cost,” Dr Mohan said. “My team took 120 trips to the orphanages, but got it done,” he added.

Dr Mohan has now set a target to eradicate hepatitis C in Annur which has a prevalence of an alarming 11%. “We plan to go door to door in 21 villages, test people for hepatitis C and treat those who test positive. Only by curing people can we stop human transmission of this deadly virus,” he said.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/coimbatore/dr-v-g-mohan-to-receive-best-doctor-award-from-tn-govt/articleshow/70785793.cms
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