KARACHI: Pakistan with an estimated population of 13 million hepatitis sufferers, many of whom are unaware that they are carriers of the deadly virus, will commemorate World Hepatitis Day on July 28, with the theme Hepatitis”Think Again”.
Viral hepatitis – known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease.Globally, 500 million people are living with chronic hepatitis B or C.
Non-availability of potable water to vast majority of the local population has already enhanced incidence of Hepatitis A among the masses coupled with high risk to contract Hepatitis E for expecting mothers exposed to contaminated and unsafe water for drinking purpose or otherwise.
Moreover, unwarranted application of injections and trend to be on drip therapy increases risk to Hepatitis B and C that are bloodborne infections.
To mark the World Hepatitis Day 2014 Aga Khan University Hospital is organising a public health awareness session here on Sunday with equal attention to urge policy-makers, health workers and the public to “think again” about this silent killer.
Speakers on the occasion will include Dr Shahab Abid (Hepatitis :transmission and prevention), Dr Hasnain Ali Shah (Complications of chronic hepatitis),Dr Saeed Hamid (Hepatitis C: Prevention, symptoms and treatment) and Dr Wasim Jafri (Hepatitis B: Prevention, symptoms and treatments).
Source : APP