SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

WHO encourages proactive measures to control hepatitis

WHO encourages proactive measures to control hepatitis
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As part of World Hepatitis Day on July 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized the desperate need for proactive measures to prevent viral hepatitis infections around the world.

The WHO stated that these actions need to include proper diagnosis and treatments for people with hepatitis infections.

In 2015, the WHO has shown particular focus on hepatitis B and C. These two illnesses are responsible for 80 percent of liver cancer deaths, and approximately 1.4 million people die from these two viruses each year.

The WHO has warned people that hepatitis is spread through unsafe injections, unsafe blood, and shared drug-injection equipment. An estimated 11 million people contract hepatitis B or C infections through injected drugs. People at greater risk of hepatitis B and C infections include children who are born to mothers who have the illnesses as well as the sexual partners of hepatitis patients.

Additionally, the WHO has highlighted that health services need to take every appropriate action to decrease risks of hepatitis infections. This includes using only sterile equipment for medical procedures, encouraging the hepatitis B vaccine, and testing all donated blood as well as blood components for potential illnesses.

To further protect against hepatitis, safer sex practices are encouraged. These include using protection such as condoms and decreasing the number of sexual partners.

WHO is located at Avenue Appia 20 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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