Adamu said that the World Hepatitis Day is set aside by 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. What is alarming is that Hepatitis B and C are chronic infections with the symptoms remaining dormant for as long as decades and at least 60 per cent of liver cancer occurs because of delay in the testing and treatment of viral Hepatitis B and C. Hence in 2008, World Hepatitis Alliance along with numerous patient groups declared May 19 as Hepatitis Day.
World Hepatitis Day is a great opportunity to educate people about viral hepatitis and how to prevent transmission, keep yourself protected and above all help stop the stigma attached to hepatitis, as anyone can be vulnerable to it, it does not discriminate. In fact, baby boomers-;those born between 1945-1965-;are five times more likely to have hepatitis C, one of the many different strains of this viral infection. Hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of hepatitis in the world but other infections, toxic substances (e.g. alcohol, certain drugs), and autoimmune diseases can also cause hepatitis.
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"Despite 400 million people being affected by the disease globally, hepatitis has largely been ignored as a health and development priority until recently", said Avinash Phadke, President-Technology & Mentor (Clinical Pathology) from SRL Diagnostics.
The events will engage high-level leaders, advocates and patient representatives from global, regional and national organizations, highlighting the innovative solutions and partnerships needed in scaling up hepatitis testing and treatment services, as well as celebrating the country's championing experience in the global hepatitis response. Unless detected and treated, it can lead to disease, cirrhosis or liver cancer.
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Finally, India is witnessing a reduction in prevalence rates of Hepatitis B. The rates for Hepatitis C are still high, though largely due to increase in IVDU in northern and eastern states.
Even though there are no obvious symptoms that show one has hepatitis, doctors can run a check if they find symptoms such as jaundice, dark coloured urine, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
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The only way to know if you have hepatitis C is a blood test, called a hepatitis C antibody test.