July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. Viral Hepatitis, whether Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C, is a group of diseases affecting liver. The organ is responsible for breaking fat, detoxifying the blood and recycling the blood cells. According to WHO, liver disease is the 10th most common cause of death in India.
A 2016 report by the Indian Society for Clinical Research (ISCR) states that infectious infections of the liver affect about 12 million people in the country of hepatitis C.
It is hard to figure out that there can be no symptoms in it, or you can confuse it with the flu because they have similar signs. Look for fatigue, mild fever, muscular pain, lack of appetite, light stools, nausea, and vomiting. Not looking for the right treatment at the right time can lead to liver cirrhosis or scarring and ultimately liver cancer.
Hepatitis A is a viral disease circulated by the oral-ficus pathway through consumption of contaminated water / food or by direct contact with the patient and you can recover from it without permanent loss. Hepatitis B travels through blood and body fluid, whereas Hepatitis C is transmitted in contact with blood from the injection and transfusion. Currently, there are vaccines for the treatment of hepatitis A and B and hepatitis C.
For hepatitis patients, it is recommended that they avoid taking alcohol because it can damage the liver marks. Due to increased weight, fat can be formed due to cirrhosis in the liver, so patients should aim to lose weight.
World Hepatitis Day is a public health holiday organized every year, which is to promote awareness of hepatitis. Its aim is to promote testing and prevention of all five types of diseases: A, B, C, D, and E. The World Hepatitis Alliance was established on this day in 2008, but did you know that it was originally organized on May 19? After adopting a proposal by the World Health Assembly in 2010, it was decided that the leave should be taken on July 28. Why? This date celebrates the birthday of Baruch Samuel Blumberg , an American doctor who searches for hepatitis B in the 1960s, and later won the Nobel Prize for his work on the virus and his vaccine.
How to Follow World Hepatitis Day
1. Get the test
The easiest way to respect World Hepatitis Day is because you are testing for the virus, as we said, most people do not even know that they have it. This is a simple blood test that you can take in your doctor’s office, or manage a blood test somewhere else. Once you get the test, encourage your friends and family to do this.
2. Join an event
Thousands of health organizations and colleagues will throw events on July 28 to celebrate World Hepatitis Day and increase awareness about the virus. These include concerts, rallies, pop-up tests, etc. Visit the World Hepatitis Day website to find an event near you.
3. Or your own host
If you are not getting any event around you, then there is no problem! Why not take initiative to host yourself? You can throw an informational event, or make money more fun and informal by hosting fundraising runs / walking, happy hours or food. World Hepatitis Day Site is a group of advice, campaign materials, toolkit and other resources to help you get started.
Why World Hepatitis Day is Important?
a. This is a global pandemic
Hepatitis is not one of the diseases that affect only certain demographics or specific regions of the world; You can get hepatitis anywhere. It has been estimated that approximately 400 million people are infected with hepatitis worldwide. You can contract with hepatitis through blood contact or sexual intercourse, or it can be passed from mother to child. This is the reason why it is especially a problem in those places where people are not properly educated about safe sex or drug use. Untreated, hepatitis can be the cause of dangerous and sometimes fatal liver diseases.
B. We have taken big steps
Here’s the good news: There has been a ton of progress on the issue of prevention and treatment of hepatitis in the last century. There are now vaccines for both Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, and many people in developed countries automatically receive these vaccines at a younger age than their doctors. Hepatitis C is easily treated. And Hepatitis D and E are very rare.
C. But we have a lot to go
Our biggest problem with facing the Hepatitis epidemic is that 90% people contracted with hepatitis have no idea that they are infected. The World Hepatitis Alliance has set a challenging goal to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health hazard by 2030 – it is worth achieving, but they will need a lot of help.
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