Apollo Hospitals Guwahati observes World Hepatitis Day

Apollo Hospitals Guwahati observes World Hepatitis Day

Apollo Hospitals Guwahati observes World Hepatitis Day

There are a total of five different types of Hepatitis- A, B, C, D and E, of which B and C are the most common.

Over 10% of Mongolia's 3 million people are living with chronic hepatitis infection.

The prevalence rate of hepatitis B (HBV) in Bangladesh is 5.1%, while that for hepatitis C (HCV) is 0.2%, said Hepatology Society President Prof Mobin Khan as quoted by BSS. 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.

NLFB will also conduct free hepatitis B & C screening in its office on World Hepatitis Day along with several other awareness building activities.

Similarly, hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus, which can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis, ranging in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness, according to WHO.

According to Dr. Akash Shukla, Consultant Hepatologist & Liver Transplant Physician, Global Hospital, "The challenge in eliminating chronic viral hepatitis is due to the infected person being unaware of their chronic carrier status and to the potential for them to continue to infect others for decades".


Hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the liver tissue, is caused by a virus known as viral hepatitis. "So, help is readily available, all you need to do is to get yourself tested and see an expert doctor". The country is the first lower-middle-income country in Asia and the Pacific to commit to hepatitis elimination, by ensuring universal access and health insurance coverage for hepatitis testing and treatment for its entire population. With the development of new antiviral drugs, hepatitis C could now be treated effectively.

The disease is called a silent killer because many patients remain undiagnosed and untreated for many years before developing complications and dying. Until recently, hepatitis C was an untreatable chronic disease. Around 30 per cent of liver cirrhosis are due to Hepatitis B and 10-12 per cent of cirrhosis are due to Hepatitis C virus infection in India.

Around 200,000 people in the United Kingdom are thought to be living with chronic HCV, yet challenges in awareness remain a barrier to timely diagnosis and treatment. Together, hepatitis B and C causes two in every three liver cancer deaths across the world.

People who are at most risk are those working in health care professions, people with multiple sexual partners, intravenous drug users and haemophiliacs. Operational guidelines for hepatitis, including diagnosis and management guidelines for clinicians and national laboratory guidelines were also launched.

The burden of hepatitis in the Western Pacific region is heavy, a regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) said here Friday, calling for strengthening the testing and treatment of the disease in the region.

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