Causes, Treatment Options And Prevention Tips For Hepatitis-Free Future

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However, liver cancer can be diagnosed early when treatment is most likely to be helpful, if the doctor is seen as soon as symptoms are noticed.

Addressing a press briefing to commence the activities line up to mark the World Hepatitis Day 2020 in Abuja on Monday, Dr Omotosho, said Hepatitis is a silent killer, adding that 4,000 people die of the disease daily across the globe.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 250 million people are living with chronic HBV infection.

"The hepatitis B vaccine was firstly introduced in 1982 and became the first vaccine to be recognised for its ability to prevent cancer in humans", Ms McMillan said.

The disease is caused by a contagious virus and it is commonly transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated by feces from an infected person.

About 21 million Nigerians are living with viral hepatitis without knowing that they are infected, President of Hepatitis Zero Nigerian Commission & Representative of African Union (AU), Dr. Mike Omotosho has said. Of the nine different types of liver cancer, Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common and often results from chronic hepatitis B.

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A FRIGHTENING number of people in the world don't know they have some form of hepatitis. Cancerous tumors are risky because they begin to damage healthy cells that make up the organ and impair the liver's functionality. "WHO'S new recommendation is that everybody should have access to hepatitis C testing and curative treatment and also global health communities should come together to officially begin moving towards the elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030". Covid-19 infection does cause liver inflammation, increases liver enzymes and can also cause liver dysfunction.

"Hepatitis B can be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby and while Hepatitis C can also be transmitted to a newborn child, the chances of this happening are quite low", added Dr Hussain. The diagnosis usually involves a physical examination, liver function tests, and blood tests to determine the type and load of the virus in the body.

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.

Symptoms: Inflamed liver, no appetite, jaundice, nausea, vomiting and fever. Individuals who are suffering from chronic liver or kidney disease or AIDS must ensure that they take the vaccination as Hepatitis infection in them could easily turn serious.

"Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said that people should pledge to raise awareness and further scale up access to treatment to realise the global goal of Hepatitis Free Future". Also, it is advised to use condoms and dental dams for safe sex. The date 28 July was chosen to observe the day as it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg who discovered hepatitis B virus (HBV). However, signs and symptoms of acute hepatitis appear quickly.

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