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    World Hepatitis Day: LASUTH Gastroenterologist Calls For Awarness Towards Hepatitis Free Future

    Hepatitis is one of the major concerns in third world counties where people do not get to drink clean water. People lack necessary hygienic conditions which puts them at high risk for contracting the disease. World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on 28th July. The purpose of marking this day is to increase awareness regarding the severity of the disease.

    As the world commemorates World Haematology Day, Dr Charles Onyekwere, Head of Gastroenterology & Hepatitis Unit, Dept. of Medicine, LASUTH joined the rest of the world to celebrate this day as he spoke, on the theme of the 2020 World Hepatitis Day which is tagged ‘Find the Missing Millions’, during a webinar on Monday, the 27th of July, 2020.

    While detailing the essence of the worldwide recognition for the day, he said it’s a call on the people from across the world to take action and raise awareness towards a hepatitis free future.

    He further noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) set a goal for elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030 which means that “the number of newly infected persons and related mortality should be decreased by 90% and 65% respectively”.

    He highlighted some areas in which elimination programs should focus on and these include; testing, immunization against hepatitis B virus (HBV), preventing mother to child transmission, blood safety and harm reduction.

    On how well WHO goals have panned out, Dr Onyekwere noted that the COVID 19 pandemic has stalled effort to push the vision. He, therefore, noted that health professionals need to intensify effort on “encouraging the populace to come out en-mass verify their status and ensure that they are not carriers of the hepatitis A, B or C Virus.”

    He also admonished on the involvement of the Government on setting structures for readily available vaccines and affordable treatment.

    He recommended that everyone should keep tabs on their health and closely monitor their wellbeing. “People should go for a regular checkup, take their vaccine doses, and encourage the people around them to encourage others to participate.

    Following the adoption of a resolution during the 63rd World Health Assembly in May 2010, World Hepatitis Day was given global endorsement as the primary focus for national and international awareness-raising efforts and the date was changed to July 28 in honour of Nobel Laureate Baruch Samuel Blumberg, discoverer of the hepatitis B virus, who celebrates his birthday on that date.

    Hepatitis is a viral disease. It causes infection and inflammation in the liver, which is a vital organ. It is responsible for some essential functions in the body. Those functions include digesting food, storing food, and removing any toxicity in the body. There are different kinds of Hepatitis that exist, including type A, B, and C, D, and E. Each variety has different symptoms.  Diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, and Jaundice are among them. Hepatitis can be detected through blood tests.

    The worst kind of Hepatitis leads to liver cancer, but most people only have mild Hepatitis. Hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Vaccines can fix some viral forms of Hepatitis. While other stays for a lifetime. The ultimate goal of World hepatitis day is to remove viral Hepatitis from the earth. It has a goal to eliminate it as a global public health threat by the end of 2030.

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