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World Hepatitis Day 2019: Theme and Significance of the Day to Create Awareness About the Inflammatory Liver Disease

World Hepatitis Day 2019 (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)

World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on July 28 every year to try to bring light on hepatitis and how ignored it is. In 2012, 12,588 people from 20 counties did the three monkeys sign to signify the overlooking of this. Hepatitis is the inflammation in the liver and comes in five forms- A, B, C, D, E. Acute hepatitis can cure by itself but the disease kills nearly 1.34 million people every year. Turmeric Supplement Causes Autoimmune Hepatitis in a Woman? Are Curcumin Capsules Safe?

The Theme of World Hepatitis Day

According to the WHO, in 2017, 2,850,000 were infected with hepatitis. The number of people affected by hepatitis B and C is 325. Hepatitis is one of the most ignored diseases and the day was created to bring light on it. Eighty percent of hepatitis patients don’t get the treatment and help they need. The theme for 2019 is “Invest in eliminating hepatitis” and the host city will be Islamabad in Pakistan. Amitabh Bachchan Living with Hepatitis B: What are the Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of the Viral Disease?

Significance of World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). The initial date decided for this event was May 19. It was created to raise awareness in people regarding this disease. Nine out of 10 people with hepatitis don’t diagnose it. There are five types of hepatitis; A, B, C, D, E. Hepatitis A and E are caused by contaminated food and water. Hepatitis B is sexually transmitted or can be passed from a mother to her parents. Hepatitis B and C spread through blood transfusion.

Hepatitis D only affects people with hepatitis B. Hepatitis A, B and D are preventable. The symptoms of hepatitis include yellowish eyes, poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea. Some people don’t experience any symptom of the disease. The host country for World Hepatitis Day 2019 is Pakistan.