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Urgent increase in hepatitis testing and treatment needed

29 July 2018

In line with World Hepatitis Day today, July 28, ALCS pointed out the importance of raising awareness of the disease and called on citizens to watch out for symptoms, such as fatigue, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite, dark urine, and jaundice.

Jabbour confirmed that 325 million people in the world suffer from Hepatitis B and viral Hepatitis C, which leads to liver cancer, resulting in 1.34 million deaths annually.

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. Hence in 2008, World Hepatitis Alliance along with numerous patient groups declared May 19 as Hepatitis Day. Home to one quarter of the world's people, the region bears almost half of the global death toll from hepatitis.

"The more people who get treatment, the fewer new infections there will be".

NY is now home to the nation's first strategy to eliminate hepatitis C, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The public could help prevent the spread of the hepatitis A virus by always washing hands after using the toilet and ensuring that fruit and vegetables were washed with clean water before eating. Reinvigorated action and investments in viral hepatitis are necessary to achieve a world where transmission is halted and everyone living with viral hepatitis has access to safe, affordable and effective care and treatment.

World Health Organization estimates that globally, 71 million people have chronic hepatitis C infection, and a significant number of those who are chronically infected will develop cirrhosis or liver cancer.

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, said in a statement: "We have a clear vision for elimination, and we have the tools to do it".

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. The campaign aims to spread awareness about hepatitis, its symptoms, treatment and prevention. Ninety percent or more of newborns should meanwhile receive the hepatitis B vaccine's birth dose, while at least 95 per cent of children should complete the vaccine's three-dose schedule.

Think about health risks if you are planning to get a tattoo or body piercing. It may also be given to neonates who are at increased risk of contracting Hepatitis B i.e. whose mothers are HBsAg and HBeAg positive.

The greatest number of Canadians with hepatitis C are those born between 1945 and 1975, which makes it critically important for those in this age group to understand their increased risk, and for all adults born in this age bracket to be tested.

Urgent increase in hepatitis testing and treatment needed