National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme to be launched today

National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme to be launched today

Nearly 60% of liver cancer cases arise out of late detection and treatment of the infection. "For Hepatitis E and Hepatitis A virus infections, hygiene and sanitation play a major role, while for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, lifestyle and awareness are extremely important" he added. The symptoms often go unnoticed, the reason why this disease is also known as the 'silent killer'. The country aims to provide hepatitis B and C screening to 1.8 million people aged over 15 years. Vaccinations are now available for Hepatitis A, B and C but Hepatitis B and C are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer, according to WHO.

"The key messages is for people to get tested, know their status and proceed to health facilities for further counseling and treatment". But attention now needs to shift from the clinic to the community, creating increased awareness, wider prevention strategies and bringing more patients under the treatment umbrella early in the infection.

Screening for HCV among blood donors has reduced the risk of acquiring HCV from blood products by half to two thirds.

There is no denying that this liver disease is contagious and is spreading fast and fatally, but the good news is that it can be easily prevented.

Currently, there is no approved vaccine for HCV. Hence in 2008, World Hepatitis Alliance along with numerous patient groups declared May 19 as Hepatitis Day. About 16 per cent of untreated acute hepatitis covers latent or chronic hepatitis B, and the risk is much higher in children. They should have all three shots in the series by age 6 to 18 months. "And you can't just simply say to someone, you're hepatitis-C positive, you can go down the street and see a doctor".

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Out of the 325 million people living with viral hepatitis globally, upward of 290 million (that's 9 in 10!) are living with the hepatitis B or hepatitis C and don't know it. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. Hepatitis is the 8th highest cause of mortality globally and was responsible for an estimated 1.34 million deaths in 2015, a toll comparable to that of HIV and tuberculosis.

There was an extensive panel discussion session on blood safety and hepatitis spread.

DO NOT share drug needles or other drug equipment.

Practice safe sex. Latex condoms have to be used when multiple partners are involved to prevent HBV transmission. "On World Hepatitis Day, Jul 28, we call on people from across the world to take action, raise awareness and join in the quest to find the "missing millions".

Nearly 100 countries now recognize World Hepatitis Day each year through events such as demonstrations, concerts, talk shows, free screenings, poster campaigns, flash mobs and vaccination drives.

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