World Health Organization announces landmark achievement in elimination of hepatitis B

21 million Nigerians suffering from viral hepatitis infection ― Commission

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He added: "To support countries in moving towards achieving the global hepatitis goals under the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 World Health Organization encourages us to work in the areas of raising awareness, promoting partnerships and mobilizing resources; formulating evidence-based policy and data for action; preventing transmission; and scaling up screening, care and treatment service".

Worldwide, 290 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Furthermore, it's said that an estimated 240 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B (defined as hepatitis B surface antigen-positive for at least 6 months) while about 2 million hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections occur yearly through unsafe injections.

In the case of hepatitis B, an infection can also occur through having unprotected sex with an infected person. As a effect, most of the 17-21 million Nigerians estimated to be living with Viral hepatitis do not know that they are infected, placing them at greater risk for severe, even fatal, complications from the disease and increasing the likelihood that they will spread the virus to others. They made it their mission to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. One of the most common causes of chronic (long-term) hepatitis is a viral infection.

Approximately four in five people living with hepatitis B and three out of four people with hepatitis C infection across the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and the United Kingdom have not yet been diagnosed.

A FRIGHTENING number of people in the world don't know they have some form of hepatitis.

Thus, when your liver is damaged, essential body functions are hindered. You can contract hepatitis through blood contact or sexual intercourse.

According to Dr Nadeem Iqbal, this year's theme is "Hepatitis-free future", with a strong focus on preventing hepatitis B (HBV) among mothers and newborns. Symptoms of Hepatitis A or E infection can include jaundice, stomach pain, change in the colour of urine, and change in excretion, appetite loss, pain in the joints, loose motions, fatigue, fever etc.

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Infants can be protected from HBV through a safe and effective vaccine that provides over 95 per cent protection against infection.

"There are 350,000 people in Turkey who need to receive hepatitis treatment".

A person should also not share his/her toothbrushes, razors or any hygiene-related products with others.

The first-ever global hepatitis strategy, adopted by countries at the 2016 World Health Assembly, calls for an end to viral hepatitis by 2030, reducing new infections by 90 per cent and mortality by 65 per cent.

The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus.

But according to recent ECDC findings, only a few countries across the EU/EEA have met the 2020 target of the European Action Plan to diagnose 50% of people with chronic hepatitis.

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