WHO calls for strong focus on prevention on World Hepatitis Day

| Updated Jul 28, 2018 at 6:14pm


WHO Director General - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


Today marks World Hepatitis Day. In a message, Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this day is an opportunity to highlight one of the World's most pressing Public Health issues.

Globally, Viral Hepatitis B and C affect 325 million people. But only one in ten of those people have been tested and only one in five have received appropriate treatment.

Viral Hepatitis slowly and silently degrades a person's health leading to liver cancer and cirrhosis, which result in one point three million deaths every year.

The good news is that, there is now new medicines that can cure Hepatitis C in 3 months or less.

This year's theme focuses on "Test. Treat. Hepatitis" for World Hepatitis Day events.

While testing and treatment are key to eliminating Hepatitis, the WHO is calling for a strong focus on prevention.

It says timely testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C can save lives.