WHO joins hands with Health Ministry to launch hepatitis control programme

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"The prevalence of hepatitis B infection among people who inject drugs is 7.5 per cent", he added.

Approximately 1 in 12 persons worldwide, or some 500 million people, are living with chronic viral hepatitis.

"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 event is organized by the WHO in cooperation with the Mongolian government to mark World Hepatitis Day. 15%-20% of all chronic liver disease and hepatocellular cancer HCC in India are caused by HCV. This year it is "Test. Treat. Hepatitis" by WHO and the theme by World Hepatitis Alliance for 2018 is "Find the Missing Millions" referring to the large population that is still unaware of suffering from the virus.

Another virus, the Hepatitis C virus, is also emerging as a major cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Most common factors that can cause Hepatitis are - viral infection, heavy alcohol use, toxins, careless medications, and certain medical conditions.

About 80% of hepatitis C cases are asymptomatic, making diagnosis and treatment challenging.

The minister called upon health care workers to not only generate awareness amongst masses but also to work towards the goal of "Eliminating hepatitis".




According to the WHO, viral hepatitis B and C affect 325 million people around the world.

The International Hepatitis C awareness day was held on 1 October 2004 but multiple dates were considered globally. Numerous cases in individuals younger than 35 years of age have been linked to injection drug use. The guidelines enable major simplifications in the delivery of curative therapy to the 70 million people living with chronic hepatitis C in the world.

World Health Organization has chose to observe 28th July as "World Hepatitis Day" to create awareness among people about the infection, its consequences and the ways and means to prevent the spread of this awful and fatal disease.

"The more people who get treatment, the fewer new infections there will be". If left untreated, this virus can lead to serious liver damage or even death. AIR correspondent reports that Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver due to a viral infection.

According to her, the Hepatitis B vaccine given at birth together with infant vaccination prevents over 95 percent of new infections that lead to liver cancer in later life, while for Hepatitis C, newly available treatment can cure the infection in nearly all patients within 12 weeks.

Hepatitis C disproportionately impacts disadvantaged and marginalised groups, such as people who inject drugs (PWID). These strains generally spread through infected blood.

Iya, who was represented Dr Ibrahim Adamu, Director, Public Health, urged the people to always avoid risky behaviour, to avoid being infected with the virus.

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