Be aware of hepatitis signs

Be aware of hepatitis signs

Be aware of hepatitis signs

Urban people are found to have a higher prevalence of Hepatitis B of 5.4 per cent compared with 3.8 per cent among their rural counterparts.

According to World Health Organization, around four of every 100 Indians are infected, amounting to 40 million infected persons in India.

"Hep C is twice as prevalent among African Americans as it is among white persons, and two of the four neighborhoods with the highest rates of newly reported Hep C cases are right here in the Bronx".

The press conference and a public awareness seminar had been organised by the Pakistan Society for the Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD) to mark the World Hepatitis Day 2018, which was addressed by leading gastroenterologists and hepatologists including Prof Wasim Jaffri, Prof Zaigham Abbass, Prof Saleh Muhammad Channa, Prof Lubna Kamani, Dr Abdul Qayyum Memon, Dr Bashir Ahmed Shaikh and others. Around four million people in South Africa are chronically infected with hepatitis B and C. City Health's drive in marking World Hepatitis Day is to encourage testing and to ensure a healthy lifestyle, which includes good personal and environmental hygiene.

Viral hepatitis is a cause for major health care burden in India and is now equated as a threat comparable to the "big three" communicable diseases - HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Past themes included "Get tested" and "This is hepatitis".

As hepatitis C is a big menace for the country, a recent changein treatment to oral medications have revolutionized the treatment response of hepatitis C. Therefore, prompt diagnosis and treatment can bring about long lasting results. Left untreated, these infections lead to liver cancer and cirrhosis, which together caused more than 1.3 million deaths in 2015 alone. Home to one quarter of the world's people, the region bears almost half of the global death toll from hepatitis.

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The first step of spreading awareness about an infection is to know about it.

"Hepatitis is a viral disease that affects the liver, it is simply an inflammatory of the liver (acute and chronic)".

New Delhi, Jul 28 A National Viral Hepatitis control programme aimed at eliminating the deadly condition by 2030 was launched today by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.

While the liver can combat hepatitis infection on its own in many cases, others become chronic infections that leave behind long-term health implications. "A global private and public commitment to diagnose and treat HCV infection will be required to achieve this goal", Vierling said.

Worldwide, less than 20% of people had access to testing and treatment services for hepatitis B and C infections at the end of 2016.

The alarming report showed that of among people living in north India, hepatitis A and B are also prevalent with 41 per cent and 52 per cent respectively. We are seeing the greatest increase of new infections among young people with a history of injection drug use and sharing drug use equipment like needles, cottons, water or cookers increases the risk of getting the illness.

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