Navigation Links
Awareness Must to Tackle Hepatitis: Experts

Hepatitis is proving to be a silent killer worldwide and it is imperative to make people aware of the symptoms of the disease and the precautions that need to be taken, say medical experts.//

Now in its third year, World Hepatitis Awareness Day, which is observed Oct 1, aims to increase awareness about hepatitis B and C. The theme for this year is "Get Tested".

"Hepatitis C is a silent disease. Most of the people are unaware that they have hepatitis C. Only a blood test can detect the virus," says S. Broor, senior gastroenterologist at the Apollo Hospital here.

"The groups at risk for acquiring the disease include intravenous drug users, haemodialysis patients and healthcare workers with exposure to blood and its products, transfusion and transplant recipients and people with tattoos."

Says G.L. Telang, managing director, Roche Scientific Company India Pvt. Ltd.: "With hepatitis C affecting people at an alarming rate, the need of the hour is to not only go for innovative and technological treatment but also create awareness about the disease."

In his message, Irish anti-poverty campaigner and rocker Bob Geldof says: "Stigma, shame and fear can suffocate awareness. These barriers prevent people from getting tested, receiving treatment and clearing themselves of this disease. Seek advice from your doctor and ask about the risk factors for hepatitis C."

Both forms of viral hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplantation and yet hepatitis B can be prevented through immunisation and in many cases, hepatitis C can be cured.

In India, hepatitis B is a major health concern with the number of estimated to be over 40 million whereas it is estimated that 10.9 million people suffer from chronic hepatitis C - which is double the number of people suffering from HIV.

Every year, the number of people infected with the hepatitis C virus rises by three to four millio n worldwide, adding to the 170 million people already infected.

Nationwide trends indicate a sizeable concentration of hepatitis C cases in the northeastern states. Among the metros, 400,000 Delhiites are suffering from hepatitis C while Mumbai accounts for 300,000 cases.


Related medicine news :

1. Awareness of oral cancer is low
2. Awareness increase Prostate cancer detection
3. Creating A Greater Awareness Among Smokers
4. Railway Station Contributes to Create Awareness on AIDS
5. WHO Steps Up To Create A Public Awareness About The Consequences Of Exposure To Radon
6. Influence of Celebrities on Breast Cancer Awareness
7. Pepsi, Coke Join Hands To Spread AIDS Awareness
8. Early Awareness About Weight Management Needed To Tackle Lifelong Obesity
9. Time for A.R.Rahman to rock the Tuberculosis Awareness Programme
10. Quality Awareness In Hospitals Can Reduce Mortality Rate Of Patients
11. Need For Awareness Of Allergenic Foods
Post Your Comments:

(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... seniors, is resulting in a way for homeless people to have a more ... launched a new initiative whereby they are repurposing plastic bags into sleeping mats ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Many people ... fatigue, fuzzy-headedness, weight gain, cold hands, and dry skin. But many people who find ... diet and exercise regimen instead of their thyroid, especially if they don’t have any ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Bcureful—a non-profit ... as well as raising public awareness of the disorder while helping to bring ... donation of $35,000 to bolster progress at the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Center at ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... Since its launch in 2012, the ... stem cell therapies to patients with chronic degenerative medical conditions. Now, the U.S. ... Trademark (RTM). , Organizations are required to hold a registered trademark in order ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Students and parents have something to be thankful ... Create Real Impact awards. California Casualty is proud to support the contest ... distracted and reckless driving, the number one killer of young drivers. , Almost ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015 Asia ... which BioLight and the New Investors will make a ... via a private placement. The financing will help IOPtima ... system used in the treatment of glaucoma, as well ... the IOPtimate™ system with the U.S. Food and Drug ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015  Mindray Medical International ... MR ), a leading developer, manufacturer ... today announced that it will hold ... shareholders at the Company,s Hong Kong office (FLAT/RM ... Edward West Road, Mongkok KL, Hong Kong) ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Developmental, commercial, and regulatory/legal strategies ... of pharmaceutical products, says GBI Research ... strategies all play a key role in boosting the ... . --> Developmental, commercial, ... boosting the profitability of pharmaceutical products, says GBI ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: