Less than 10% viral hepatitis-infected people get treatment

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PREMIUM As we celebrate World Hepatitis Day on July 28, the disease remains overlooked in Indonesia, with sufferers facing hurdles in getting proper treatment.

She asserted that to achieve these outcomes and eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, as envisaged in WHO's Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, greater awareness among high-risk groups and the public in general is the key. Factors that increase risk of hepatitis A, B, and C infection include: use of injectable drugs, sexual contact with an infected partner, previous diagnosis of HIV, chronic liver disease, and clotting-factor disorders.

In Bangladesh different studies have showed that about 4 to 5 percent of the population have hepatitis B and about 1 percent have hepatitis C. It is estimated that around 10 million people in Bangladesh have been affected by the viruses.

Viral hepatitis B and C affect 325 million people around the world. In this respect, timely testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C can save lives. The discussion topics included availability of cheap substandard kits; screening technology options for hepatitis detection, rising prevalence of hepatitis among blood donors, and high hepatitis B and C prevalence among thalassaemia patients. Without treatment, hepatitis C can lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.

It is estimated that there are 214,000 people living with hepatitis C in the United Kingdom, with approximately half of these not diagnosed.

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The infectious liver disease is caused by the Hepatitis C virus.

Hepatitis B and C are transmitted by infected blood or blood products, non-disposable needles and syringes, reused inadequately sterilised catheters and equipment, tattooing, ear-piercing, sharing of blades and razors etc.

As many as 111 people are dying daily due to complications of hepatitis B and C in Pakistan, which are largely preventable and completely treatable diseases but unfortunately, majority of people in the country are unaware that they are infected with these lethal viruses which are extremely silent killers, leading gastroenterologists and herpetologists said on Friday.

The minister called upon health care workers to not only generate awareness amongst masses but also to work towards the goal of "Eliminating hepatitis".

As the world commemorates World Hepatitis Day today, LEADERSHIP checks reveal that no fewer than 40 million Nigerians may be infected with hepatitis.

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Various blood tests are available to diagnose cases of hepatitis.

According to World Health Organization, around four of every 100 Indians are infected, amounting to 40 million infected persons in India. The virus spreads through contaminated blood, with the heroin epidemic sparking a rise in new cases.

Positive Living North is celebrating World Hepatitis Day by hosting free testing and a barbecue.

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.

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