World Hepatitis Day today
Published: 11:03 AM, 28 July 2020
World Hepatitis Day is being celebrated in Bangladesh like elsewhere in the globe for raising awareness against the deadly virus.
The day is observed every year on July 28 to enhance awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer.
This year’s theme is “Hepatitis-free future,” with a strong focus on preventing hepatitis B among mothers and newborns.
There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus - A, B, C, D and E. Together, hepatitis B and C are the most common cause of deaths, with 1.3 million lives lost each year. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, viral hepatitis continues to claim thousands of lives every day.
According to a study by the Liver Foundation of Bangladesh Hepatology Society, 76% of patients who come to the hospital for treatment with jaundice are infected with the hepatitis virus. Experts said that the hepatitis B and C viruses are spreading in the human body due to contaminated blood, syringes, mother-to-child contact and unprotected intercourse.
The Liver Foundation of Bangladesh Hepatology Society and the Association for the Study of the Liver have chalked out various programmes on the occasion of the day.