Eliminate hepatitis

2016-08-03 06:00

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY was celebrated on 28 July to raise global awareness of hepatitis.

The theme of this year’s global campaign is Elimination.

Hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.

This day encourages the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis.

Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1,4 million people every year.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 500 million people worldwide are living with either hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

The WHO’s mission is seeing a world without viral hepatitis.

If this disease is left untreated and unmanaged, hepatitis B or C can lead to advanced liver scarring (cirrhoses) and other complications.

Many people worry more about contracting Aids than hepatitis, but the reality is that every year, 1,5 million people worldwide die from either hepatitis B or C faster than they would die from HIV/Aids.

– Source: www.who.int

If this disease is left untreated and unmanaged, hepatitis B or C can lead to advanced liver scarring (cirrhoses) and other complications.

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