World Hepatitis Day today...

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World Hepatitis Day today

 Feature Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:18 PM, 28 July 2021   Updated: 01:31 PM, 28 July 2021

World Hepatitis Day today; Photo: Collected

World Hepatitis Day today; Photo: Collected

World Hepatitis Day is being observed in Bangladesh on Wednesday (July 28) 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 can’t wait,” with a strong focus on preventing hepatitis B among mothers and newborns. 

The day has a special role to play in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal of eradicating viral hepatitis (2030) (which has resulted in a 90% reduction in new infections and a 65% reduction in deaths).

Nobel laureate scientist Baruch Samuel Blumberg discovered the hepatitis-B virus, developed tests to diagnose the disease and began the vaccination. 

World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on his birthday on July 28 in recognition of his contribution to medicine.

Hepatitis is a silent killer. According to the WHO, about 10 million people are infected with the hepatitis B and C viruses in Bangladesh. Hepatitis kills more than 20,000 people every year in the country. The biggest cause for concern about hepatitis is that 9 out of 10 people infected with hepatitis B and C viruses worldwide “do not know they have the virus”.

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.

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 death, 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 hepatitis B and C viruses are spreading in the human body due to contaminated blood, syringes, mother-to-child contact and unprotected intercourse. They emphasize caution.

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