C Times, 27 July 2017, Agartala
World Hepatitis Day 2017 will be celebrated by the people all over the world on 28th of July, on Friday. World Hepatitis Day, observed on 28th July every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis, a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Hepatitis is a most serious health disorder of an important body organ called liver. Without liver or liver with any chronic disease, one cannot imagine his/her healthy life. So, it is very necessary to eradicate the problems of liver and other body organs to live a healthy life as well as making world, a disease free world. This article is a small and great message to everyone to be aware of hepatitis.
Tripura has got 1.5 lakhs hepatitis-B carrier patients, as a part of the battle against hepatitis, Hepatitis foundation of Tripura (HFT) would be organizing state-level programme at Karl Landsteiner Auditorium of AGMC and GBP hospital on 28th July on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, renowned doctor and president of the HFT Dr Pradip Bhowmik said yesterday in a press conference at IMA house.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar would be present as Chief Guest at the state-level event at Karl Landsteiner auditorium on 28th July, Dr Bhowmik said adding that eminent Hepatologist from Kolkata Dr Sujit Chowdhury would join along with Director of Health Services Dr J K Debbarma, Principal of Agartala Govt. Medical College Dr K K Kundu, Principle of Tripura Medical College Dr Chinmoy Biswas.
Replying to question of reporters, Dr Pradip Bhowmik said, “Hepatitis is the liver infection and inflammation caused by the virus. Five types of hepatitis have been detected caused by different viruses and named as hepatitis A, B, C, D, E. A and E type are short term infection and known as acute infection, however, B, C and D type are a long-term infection and called as chronic hepatitis. The second one may lead to some life threatening complications including cirrhosis means liver scarring, liver cancer, liver failure and so many.”
HFT President also added, “People may be infected with the hepatitis A due to the food and water contamination with faecal matter. Hepatitis B is a most common problem caused in many regions of the world especially in the Asian and African countries. Vaccines are available for both type hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis C can be caused by the sharing of needles, equipment injecting cosmetic substances, steroids or drugs.”
Dr Bhowmik said, “Know More Hepatitis is a national Hepatitis C education campaign designed to decrease the burden of chronic Hepatitis C. The campaign is aimed at increasing awareness about this hidden epidemic and encouraging people who may be chronically infected with Hepatitis C to get tested. Most of the persons suffering from viral hepatitis do not develop any obvious symptoms in the starting period which may lead to some serious liver problems like liver damage, liver cancer and failure which needs the liver transplant.”
Each year focuses on a specific theme. The list of World Hepatitis Day Themes is as follows:
- The theme of 2008 was “Am I Number 12?”
- The theme of 2009 was “Am I Number 12?”
- The theme of 2010 was “This is hepatitis”.
- The theme of 2011 was “Hepatitis affects everyone, everywhere. Know it. Confront it”.
- The theme of 2012 was “It’s closer than you think”.
- The theme of 2013 was “More must be done to stop this silent killer”.
- The theme of 2014 was “Hepatitis: Think Again”.
- The theme of 2015 was “Prevention of Viral Hepatitis. Act now”.
- The theme of 2016 would be “Prevent Hepatitis: It’s up to you”.