World Hepatitis Awareness Day is being observed today all over the world including Pakistan with the aim of raising awareness among the people about the rapidly growing disease like Hepatitis.
This year’s theme for the day is “A Hepatitis-Free Future” with a special focus on preventing hepatitis in mothers and newborns. According to the World Health Organization, 70 million people worldwide are currently infected with hepatitis C, and more than 250 million are infected with hepatitis B.
One million people in Pakistan are infected with Hepatitis B and C. More than one million people are dying worldwide every year and the number is increasing every year.
Experts say that the biggest risk in the spread of this liver disease in patients who are not aware of their disease and they pass it on to other people. According to the World Health Organization, hepatitis consists of five types of viruses, which are divided into A, B, C, D, and E.