Due to contaminated equipment and unsafe injection of drugs, along with other risk factors such as unsafe tattooing and skin piercing, a 2016 global review indicated that, of the estimated 10.4 million people incarcerated worldwide, 15.1 per cent have hepatitis C and 4.8 per cent have chronic hepatitis B. World Hepatitis Day was launched in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political momentum, seen with other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria.
Terming the day's theme of this year "Find the Missing Millions" is time-befitting, the President and the Prime Minister said the observance of the day would play a vital role in attaining targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by eliminating the viruses within 2030.
"Millions of people across the world and in the WHO South-East Asia Region are infected with viral hepatitis without knowing. less than one in 10 infected people are estimated to know their status", WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Poonam Khetrapal Singh said. Such tests are useful in the long-term management of patients with hepatitis, to keep a track on the treatment progression.
"World's target is elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030 like polio from the entire world and there is no reason that it can not be eliminated".
Jabbour confirmed that 325 million people in the world suffer from Hepatitis B and viral Hepatitis C, which leads to liver cancer, resulting in 1.34 million deaths annually.
The first step of spreading awareness about an infection is to know about it.
But for most people with chronic hepatitis, the story does not end happily. The governor unveiled a $5-million program Friday that he said will expand access to clean syringes, increase funding for hepatitis C treatment, and remove barriers to insurance coverage for people getting that treatment.
"Hepatitis C spreads through infected blood and if we make people aware about its transmission, this disease can be prevented". Hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) are viral infections which can cause chronic hepatitis and are the leading causes for hepatitis cirrhosis and cancer, thus creating a significant burden to healthcare systems due to the high morbidity/mortality and costs of treatment.
New Delhi, Jul 28 A National Viral Hepatitis control programme aimed at eliminating the deadly condition by 2030 was launched today by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.
State officials say more than 200,000 New Yorkers are affected by the infection that causes liver inflammation and can lead to serious liver damage.
The WHA is the apex decision-making body of the World Health Organization, which in 2018 focuses on the theme "Test. Treat. Hepatitis". These strains generally spread through infected blood. Flanigan said the most important thing local health workers can do is "help people who use drugs gradually improve their situations in a realistic way".