The Missing Millions: World Hepatitis Day. World Hepatitis Day 2020 is celebrated on 28 July every year to raise awareness of viral hepatitis worldwide. This year, the theme of World Hepatitis Day has been ‘Find the Missing Millions’ in 2020.
The Missing Millions: World Hepatitis Day 2020
Unknown 290 million people suffering
Worldwide, 290 million people are unaware of hepatitis, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In this year’s theme, the World Health Organization has called on people around the world to take action and raise awareness to find these “missing millions”. With this, an encouraging statement of the World Health Organization has also come out. According to the WHO, the number of Hepatitis B-infected children worldwide remains at just 1%.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate, the proportion of children under the age of five suffering from hepatitis B (HBV) in 2019 was around 5% of the pre-vaccine era (between the 1980s and early 2000s), It has now come down to 1%. Getting this data can be seen as a milestone in this path of eradicating viral hepatitis.
According to WHO’s Dr. Tedros Adnan Ghebreyesus, “No infant in the world should die just because of the hepatitis B vaccine.” Achieving this milestone today also means that we do not have to let future generations die of liver disease and pancreatic cancer. ” Explain that hepatitis B vaccine is one of the most important strategies to control child transmission disease and save life.
What is viral hepatitis?
Viral hepatitis is a disease that affects the liver due to the virus. There are mainly two types of viral hepatitis. One is infectious hepatitis and the other is blood borne hepatitis.
- Infectious hepatitis is spread by food and water, and blood borne hepatitis is spread when exposed to body fluids.
- Infectious hepatitis is characterized by A and E. B and C occur in blood borne hepatitis.
Significantly, the WHO is trying to unite and step up through intensified efforts to prevent maternal-child transmission of HBV through trials of pregnant women. Globally, more than 250 million people are living with chronic HBV infection. Such babies are particularly vulnerable. HBV attacks the liver and kills about 900 000 people every year.
Immediately after birth the first dose of the vaccine
Infants can be protected from HBV through a safe and effective vaccine, which provides over 95% protection against infection. The WHO suggests that all infants should receive their first dose of hepatitis B vaccine as soon as possible after birth. At most within 24 hours and at least 2 hours after birth.
Hepatitis is the world’s largest disease in developing countries. Hepatitis C is the most dangerous if seen according to the danger. But Hepatitis B is equally dangerous as C. Therefore, to avoid viral hepatitis, it is very important to know about them and only then you can protect yourself and your people from this disease.
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