Hepatitis Is Root Cause Of Liver Cancer – WHO

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Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole

By; MATTHEW  UKACHUNWA, Lagos

Viral Hepatitis B and C have been identified as the root causes of liver cancer, leading to 1.34 million deaths every year, World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

According to WHO, the two types of Hepatitis are now classified as major health challenges affecting 325 million people worldwide.

“Hepatitis B and C are chronic infections that may not show symptoms for a long period, sometimes years or decades,” the global authority on public health warned.

WHO stressed that at least 60 per cent of liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of viral Hepatitis B and C.

It pointed out that low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030.

WHO stated that for these reasons, it will focus on the theme:  “Test, Treat Hepatitis” for World Hepatitis Day 2018 which will be observed on 28th July.

It disclosed that the events and activities of the day will aim at achieving the following objectives globally, regions and in countries.  The objectives are:  To support scale up of Hepatitis prevention, testing, treatment and cure services, with specific focus on promoting WHO testing and treatment recommendations.

The 2018 World Hepatitis Day will also showcase best practices and promote universal health coverage, as well as improve partnerships and funding the fight against viral hepatitis, WHO stressed. 

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