President, PM stress on creating awareness to check hepatitis

President, PM stress on creating awareness to check hepatitis

President, PM stress on creating awareness to check hepatitis

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.

According to him, hepatitis could cause chronic liver diseases, liver cancer and death without manifesting any weighty symptoms. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and can be self-limiting or progress, causing liver fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer. I would encourage everyone to think carefully about hepatitis C and consider getting a test. World Health Organization activities have multiple objectives globally such as supporting testing and treatment, showcasing best practices in promoting hepatitis related services and improving partnership and funding in the fight against viral hepatitis. Hepatitis b and hepatitis c virus infection usually cause chronic hepatitis, which leads to liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death. "Over 70% of people diagnosed with hepatitis were provided with life-saving treatment". With regard to HCV, it has been estimated that 170 million people have chronic infections and that three to four million new cases occur each year. Hepatitis A virus and Hepatitis E virus are predominantly enterically transmitted pathogens and are responsible to cause both sporadic infections and epidemics of acute viral hepatitis. As common as hepatitis C is, it's also known as a silent killer because it's a liver disease that rarely comes with a warning and symptoms often don't appear until the liver is severely damaged.

In recognition of World Hepatitis Day, July 28, the Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging people to talk with a health care provider to see if they should be tested or vaccinated for hepatitis A, B, or C. Viral hepatitis is caused by several different viruses that can infect the liver.

This campaign has been launched to bring much-needed attention to the fact that millions of people are living with Viral Hepatitis unaware. As per World Health Organisation (WHO), around 6 to 12 million people in India are infected with chronic Hepatitis C. Since hepatitis is asymptomatic, it is estimated that only 5% of the people with chronic hepatitis know of their infection, and less than 1% have access to treatment.

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-A cure for Hepatitis C exists.

As with HBV, HCV is spread through direct exposure to blood or bodily fluids.

According to him, the national prevalence rate of hepatitis B is 11 per cent, in Nasarawa State it is 13 to 20 per cent, while hepatitis C is 2.2 per cent for national and eight to 13.5 per cent in Nasarawa State and this is hospital based report.

"One of the highest risk groups right now is baby boomers and for hep C that is defined pretty broadly for people born between 1945 and 1975", says, Kyla Turner, Community Health Educator.

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