World Health Organization urges Caribbean countries to invest in eliminating hepatitis

World Health Organization urges Caribbean countries to invest in eliminating hepatitis

Later the World Health Assembly changed the date to July 28th in May 2010.

Hepatitis C: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes hep C in people and it is majorly caused by coming directly in contact with the bodily fluids of the infected person. comes from the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

Considering the rise of viral Hepatitis B and C infection globally, people give more emphasis to these two types, he said adding that around 325 million people are infected by these viruses and a large chunk of the population dies every year in the world. Hepatitis D is an additional infection occurring in people living with hepatitis B.

According to a new WHO study published in Lancet Global Health, investing $6 billion (2.2 billion) per year on eliminating hepatitis in 67 low and middle-income countries would avert 4.5 million premature deaths by 2030 and more than 26 million deaths beyond that target date.

To take action against this, WHO organized events to release new estimates of additional investments that are required by countries to make.

The study found out that a total of $58.7 billion is needed to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat in the 67 countries by 2030. She said: "I am proud that Scotland is recognised as a world leader in combatting hepatitis C and I am determined to maintain this position". The events took place on 27-28 July 2019 in Islamabad.

The diagnosis of hepatitis-infected individuals typically requires a blood sample and laboratory testing for the presence of viral antigens or host antibodies to the virus. Hepatitis A and B are types of viral hepatitis that are preventable by vaccination.

Like alcohol and Hepatitis B and C which damage the liver, NAFLD/NASH "can further progress to cirrhosis and liver cancer in the long run". This generally happens due to poor sanitary conditions.

It indicated that "Chronic hepatitis B and C virus infection is the second major killer infectious disease after tuberculosis and nine times more people are infected with Hepatitis than HIV".

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In 2017, 1.75 million developed chronic Hepatitis C infection.

"Mongolia has the highest rate of liver cancer and liver cancer mortality in the world".

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver.

Hepatitis D: A rare strain of the virus, hepatitis D manifests only in patients who have been diagnosed with hepatitis B. It needs HBV virus to survive in the body. Hepatitis E is most commonly spread via faecal contamination of drinking water.

"While hepatitis A, B and E are prevalent in North India, Kerala mostly registers hepatitis A and B cases, E is least widespread in the state", informs Dr Mathew Philip, head of the department of gastroenterology at Lisie Hospital.

Diagnostic procedure involves a blood test that would also determine the offending viral strain.

"Hepatitis patients are also advised against donating blood as the infection can be passed on to the recipient", he said, adding that safe sex practices could also prevent the spread of the disease.

Dr Kaluwa made the call at a Ghana commemorative ceremony to mark the 2019 World Hepatitis Day.

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