Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis. These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol. World Hepatitis Day is commemorated on the 28th of July to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, which causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer. The theme for this year is ‘Hepatitis-free future’, with a strong focus on preventing hepatitis B amongst mothers and newborns.
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is highly transmissible from mother to child. It is the world’s most common blood-borne viral infection, accounting to 2 billion infections, 350 million carriers, and 6 lakh deaths annually. A developing country like India still harbors approximately 30–60 million HBV carriers. Many women don’t find out they have chronic hepatitis B until they are tested during pregnancy.
Another study funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Foundation, revealed that the common reason for non-vaccination among most of the affected people was lack of awareness. It highlighted the need for awareness campaigns to educate the public that hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable disease and can be easily prevented by three simple, easily available, inexpensive shots of the Hepatitis B vaccine. This includes timely birth-dose vaccination within 24 hours of birth, followed by additional doses at 1 month and 6 months after birth.
Awareness is the beginning of positive change.
Studies have revealed that the most common cause of hepatitis transmission and lack of prevention is the scarcity of awareness regarding them. Thus, there is an urgent need for improving the knowledge and awareness level of the people regarding hepatitis B and its vaccine. Keeping this in mind, we at MediMagic wanted to raise awareness about hepatitis, its causes, and prevention.
We hosted a contest, where we asked our MediMagicians to tell us some ‘mind-boggling’ facts on hepatitis. We’re so proud to announce that we have received some interesting facts that all of you must read. Here are the 3 winners of the contest and the facts that they shared with us:
Raising awareness about transmissible diseases not only helps in early diagnosis but also reduces stigma around it. We are doing our bit by bringing this article to you, we hope you do your bit by sharing it with your near and dear ones. Follow MediMagic on Instagram and Facebook to be the first one to participate in future contests.
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