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Mongolians urged to get tested for hepatitis

Mongolians urged to get tested for hepatitis

The community responded by launching "NOhep" - the first ever global movement to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. And for that a national strategy and a national action plan have already been drafted.

There are several ways through which hepatitis can be detected.

Hepatitis D: Also called delta hepatitis the liver inflammatory disease is more severe than the rest and rare at the same time.

Prof Shwapnil is secretary general of the Association.

The programme, jointly organised by Gastroenterology Section, Department of Medicine, JNIMS and Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE), was graced by Education Minister Th Radheshyam, JNIMS Director Th Bhimo Singh, JNIMS Medical Superintendent Professor N Jitendra and Department of Medicine, JNIMS, Head K Ghanachandra, as the chief guest, president and guests of honour respectively.

- Hepatitis A, B, and C can be transmitted by unprotected sex so make sure you are using condoms.

Timely diagnosis and treatment play an important role in eradicating the virus, say doctors.

"But still we have to sail a long way to achieve the SDG target of eliminating Hepatitis B and C", he said, suggesting massive awareness.

At present, 290 million people live with viral hepatitis and are completely unaware of it due to lack of awareness about the disease, said Senior gastroenterologists, Dr Naveen Polavarapu and Dr Raghu. In Pakistan, an estimated 5 and 10 million people are affected with Hepatitis B and C respectively.

World Hepatitis Day takes place on July 28 each year, coinciding with the birthday of the late Dr. Baruch Blumberg. It is a viral infection, but can also be caused due to drugs, medication, and alcohol.

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JNIMS Assistant Professor and Gastroenterologist N Surajkumar said that hepatitis B and C are the most risky and life threatening, although there are other types of hepatitis as well.

On Hepatitis, Rastogi said that on the global scale, the most common is that of Viral Hepatitis B and C, "associated with high levels of mortality and morbidity, and the root causes of liver cirrhosis and cancer". Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected.

Hepatitis can be prevented by practising proper personal hygiene, avoiding consumption of outside food and vaccination ( against hepatitis A and B).

It has been described as the silent killer and information available on it indicates that it is more risky than HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

"In most cases hepatitis B does not show up with any signs and symptoms". It is situated on the right side of the upper abdomen, below the rib cage.

"You have the political will, you have the funding and you have motivated people and patients".

"In particular, types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer", according to the WHO.

Dr Dew said even mother with hepatitis can breastfeed their children. The good news is that there are vaccines for hepatitis.

Another leading hepatologist and expert from Liaquat National Hospital Dr Lubana Kamani was of the opinion that Pakistan may be turned into a "cirrhotic state" and Hepatitis C could become "second polio for Pakistan" if a mass awareness and screening of Pakistani population for the viral hepatitis is not started immediately.

One speaker suggested having a Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis such as Amitabh Bachchan who is the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in the South-east Asia region.