Urgent increase in hepatitis testing and treatment needed
29 July, 2018, 04:44
World Hepatitis Day has generated massive public and media interest, as well as support from governments and Non-Governmental Organisations. India is among the 11 countries carrying almost 50 per cent of the global burden of chronic hepatitis. They are root causes of liver cancer, leading to 1.34 million deaths every year. AIR correspondent reports that Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver due to a viral infection. If the liver is inflamed or damaged, its functions get affected.
It was alarming as most of the people screened did not know about viral hepatitis, the NLFB said in its statement.
It is equally alarming that less than 5 percent of diagnosed patients who meet treatment criteria for hepatitis B are receiving antiviral treatment.
He also urged people to ensure regular medical check up to know their health status, adding that hepatitis is a silent killer disease.
In addition, maintaining hygeine, avoiding roadside food and beverage, being carefull in salons and tatoo parlours for avoiding infections, washing hands can help protect us from hepatitis, the experts suggested. The SBTP coordinator said one of the important modes of transmission of hepatitis in Pakistan was unsafe contaminated blood transfusions.
WITH 10 million Hepatitis B and C patients and working youths being at higher risk of hepatitis infection, there are reasons to treat this life-threatening disease as a major threat to public health.
S Venkatesh, DGHS, said approximately 4 crore Indians suffer from chronic Hepatitis that accounts for 11 per cent of the total cases in the world.
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"Within the first year of the national programme, which targeted the 40-65 year age group, we were able to reach more than 350 000 people with hepatitis testing", said Ms Davaajantsan Sarangerel, Minister of Health, Mongolia. This risk is reduced by 90% with HBV vaccine given along with hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) starting at birth. These advances have now made hepatitis C a curable infection in most instances.
"There are multiple viruses that cause acute self-limiting liver injury and some causes chronic liver injury (chronic hepatitis)".
"Each medication is different, but they remove all traces of the virus from your blood within three months", says Curry. 15%-20% of all chronic liver disease and hepatocellular cancer HCC in India are caused by HCV.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus.
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Singh said health authorities in the region should deploy clear messaging tactics regarding signs and symptoms of hepatitis so that people can get tested and seek treatment and also how its spread can be prevented.
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