World Hepatitis Day 2017

July 28, 2017 03:43 PM

Punjab News Express/SK.Vyas
JALANDHAR : Hepatitis is a most serious health problem of an important body organ called liver. Liver with any chronic disease, no one can imagine a healthy life. So, it is very important to eradicate the problems of liver and other body organs to live a healthy life as well as making disease free world.

Interacting with the Media persons at Punjab Press Club here today Dr.Alok Sehgal, Gastroenterologist at Premier Gastroenterology Institute Jalandhar.He said July 28 is officially marked as world hepatitis days by World health organization (WHO). This day brings the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.

Dr.Sehgal said at present, there are 325 million of carriers of hepatitis B & C all over the world. Viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – that’s as many as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. Together hepatitis B & C constitute almost 80% of liver cancer in the world.

Viral hepatitis is a global epidemic that can affect millions of people without them even being aware. Currently, 90% of people living with hepatitis B and 80% living with hepatitis C are not aware of their status. This can result in the chances of developing severe liver disease & unknowingly transmitting the infection to others. Presently nearly 1% of affected population access treatment and 10% of people living with the disease are aware.
This year theme for world hepatitis days is to “eliminate hepatitis”. To achieve elimination, we need awareness, increased diagnosis and key interventions including universal vaccination, blood and injection safety, harm reduction and treatment are all needed
With the availability of effective vaccines and treatments for hepatitis B and a cure for hepatitis C, the elimination of viral hepatitis is achievable, but greater awareness and understanding of the disease and the risks is a must, as is access to cheaper diagnostics and treatment.
World Hepatitis Day presents an ideal opportunity: an opportunity to join together and raise the profile of viral hepatitis among the public, the world’s media and on the global health agenda.

Apart from viral hepatitis, alcohol, obesity/NASH & drugs are also important reason for chronic liver injury & deaths.

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