NLFB observes WHO World Hepatitis Day on Saturday

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Hepatitis B was detected in 40 (4.93 percent) of the screened people and hepatitis C was found in 2 (less than 0.24 percent) of the screening group.

"Hep C is twice as prevalent among African Americans as it is among white persons, and two of the four neighborhoods with the highest rates of newly reported Hep C cases are right here in the Bronx".

They made the call in separate messages on the eve of the World Hepatitis Day 2018 to be observed in the country tomorrow as elsewhere in the world aiming at enhancing awareness about the deadly virus. Around 1.34 million deaths occur every year due to viral hepatitis.

World Health Organization said estimated 257 million people are living with hepatitis B virus infection, and in 2015, hepatitis B resulted in 887,000 annual deaths, mostly from complications - including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Without treatment, hepatitis C can lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.

Hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the liver tissue, is caused by a virus known as viral hepatitis. I would encourage everyone to think carefully about hepatitis C and consider getting a test.

As fighting Hepatitis C is a big challenge for the country, a recent change in the treatment of oral medications has revolutionised the treatment response to the diseases. "Left untreated, these infections lead to liver cancer and cirrhosis, which together caused more than 1.3 million deaths in 2015 alone", it said in a statement.

In alignment to this, Apollo Hospitals Guwahati organized an awareness program on 27th July for creating awareness about hepatitis among the people. Treatment is required for only those who have an active infection, and has to be taken for long periods, often years. Of these, almost 25%, i.e. over 1 million, may develop chronic liver disease within 2 decades and 1%-4% of them may develop liver cancer. The commissioner said the World Hepatitis Day was set aside by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to increase awareness on viral hepatitis, improve its prevention, enhance early detection as well as to ensure prompt treatment, promote control efforts and ultimately eliminate it in the society.

WITH 10 million Hepatitis B and C patients and working youths being at higher risk of hepatitis infection, there are reasons to treat this life-threatening disease as a major threat to public health. Men who have sex with men can become hepatitis C positive, due to the greater potential for blood-to-blood contact during sex. It may also be caused by drugs or alcohol use, and the most common forms are Hepatitis A, B, and C.

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Infections of hepatitis C are 83% are more prevalent among people living in north India, says a report from SRL Diagnostics.

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