World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes place every year on the 28th July and brings the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.
One of just four disease-specific global awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), WHD unites patient organisations, governments, medical professionals, civil society, industry and the general public to boost the global profile of viral hepatitis. The theme of this year’s celebration is Eliminating Hepatitis.
This year the Cross River State Government partnered with Castle Noble International as they lend their voice to say ‘No to Hepatitis’. The event featured lots of awareness campaigns and sensitization exercises to keep the public abreast on ways by which they can fight the disease.
The State Commissioner for Health who spoke via a telephone conversation said the fight against hepatitis is part of 2030 target by WHO to rid the world of these diseases. She assured that the State Government is doing everything possible to ensure the State like the rest of the world is free of these diseases by the year 2030.
The elimination of viral hepatitis has now been firmly put on the map. At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, 194 governments adopted WHO’s Global Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, which includes a goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C in the next 13 years. The community responded by launching NOhep, the first ever global movement to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.
The symptoms may include Abdominal pain, Dark urine, Fever, Joint pain, Loss of appetite, Nausea and vomiting, Weakness and fatigue, Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice) while treatment for hepatitis are usually via a course of antiviral medication.
There is currently no cure for autoimmune hepatitis as it is unclear what causes it, but medicines can usually suppress the problem.
There are also a number of vaccinations available to protect people from catching it for hepatitis A and B. There are currently no vaccinations for hepatitis C, D or E.