Monday, 19 August, 2019

Living Well: What you need to know about hepatitis

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Anna Jefferson | 31 July, 2019, 03:39

The WHO statistics revealed that 325 million people are living with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C virus. He said Egypt had brought down the hepatitis prevalence from 13 percent to 3 percent in just 10 years and it was also doable for Pakistan. Ms Sturgeon stated the Scottish Government needs "to build on this momentum to do all we can to reach out to the thousands of people who live with hepatitis C undiagnosed". This can be done by spreading more and more awareness about hepatitis and tips for prevention.

World Hepatitis Day is observed on 28 July each year and aims to raise awareness of hepatitis around the globe.

Only 2 million people receive a treatment for this type of disease per year.

While prophylactic vaccines exist for the prevention of hepatitis A and B infections, the development of a hepatitis C vaccine has been challenging due to the genetic variability of the virus.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and can progress to disfiguring of the liver, cirrhosis or liver cancer. The problems are manifold. If people do get affected by these viruses, they must report to clinicians experienced in treating these viruses and trained in detecting and treating acute liver failure which may occur during these infections. Secondly, misconceptions and stigma attached to the disease often leads to marginalization and discrimination against patients.

Some political leaders have already responded, such as in India, for instance, which has declared its new policy of providing free diagnostic and treatment facilities for hepatitis C and B under its universal health coverage plan.

- Pregnant women infected with hepatitis B can pass the virus to their babies during childbirth, however the Mayo Clinic notes that newborns can be vaccinated to avoid getting infected in nearly all cases.

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The disease can spread through sexual contact, sharing of needles, accidental needle sticks and mother to child.

Visitors were also informed about the mode of disease transmission, treatment and methods to prevent various forms of hepatitis. We have oral effective medication available cheaply now a days.

- The vaccine for hepatitis B offers protection for at least 20 years, if not for life.

Health experts expressed concern over the growing numbers of hepatitis cases in Pakistan and urged the government to take immediate measures for its elimination to achieve the goal of ending its prevalence in the country by 2030, during a seminar held on Saturday. That's the reason of rise in hepatitis related deaths.

A healthy lifestyle is a solution to prevent nearly all diseases. If you are diagnosed with the virus during pregnancy you should be sure that your baby gets a shot called H-B-I-G and the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine within 12 hours of birth. Over the previous year, several initiatives have been undertaken, like creation of EMPATHY Network of People living with hepatitis B & C, several call to action initiatives, such as I pledge...(my support), Art For a cause, Let's Talk Hepatitis, to name a few. Educational content is being disseminated at Cinema halls, FM channels and airports across the country and metro stations.

Earlier in the morning, Liver Foundation, West Bengal, a not-for-profit organisation that works for prevention and cure of liver diseases, organised a rally from Victoria Memorial to Nandan to spread awareness about hepatitis.

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