New Delhi, July 29 (LocalWire) Hepatitis is a deadly disease, often asymptomatic and silently progress to develop cirrhosis and or liver cancer and it can be prevented by combined efforts said experts during a webinar.
The international webinar was organized by Indian Liver Patient Foundation, a health based charitable organization on the occasion of world hepatitis day on July 28.
The webinar was a combined effort of all the 11 medical colleges of Odisha with Dr Ashok Choudhury, liver specialist from Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi as course coordinator and Dr Manoranjan Behera of SCB medical college Cuttack as organising secretary.
Hepatitis B related liver disease- affects 3 percent of Indian population.
About 40 millions of Indians have hepatitis B infections.
About 10 million said to have liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer.
The incidence of this cancer has been steadily rising at an alarming rate. The liver cancer was recognized as the 4th most common cancer in males in India.
It is mainly due to hepatitis B and C, and presently the fatty liver related cirrhosis is also becoming a major concern, the participants said.
Every year approximately 10 Lakhs newborns had have hepatitis B infection at birth.
Infection in childhood leads to liver disease in 90% of cases in their lifetime. This is due to hepatitis B transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy or at birth, they said.
In India the most common mode of hepatitis B infection is from mother to baby.
Even the hepatitis B, runs in families in particular in maternal side i.e. maternal uncle-aunt-grandmother as well as in brother sisters.
Only a simple blood test, early detection is needed.
Country like Taiwan, Korea and China have successfully curbed hepatitis B by taking simple steps like- screening, administering vaccines, and creating awareness.
India at this needs this as a matter of concern because simple steps will prevent a major threat to public health, they said.
At present hepatitis C is likely to be eradicated with effective drugs, but hepatitis B needed lifelong medication as well as care. Hence early detection, prevention, and monitoring are the real challenged, they said.
To make this happen the international community started a programme of detecting the people by a campaign called “Find the Missing Millions”.
And with this aim , World Health Organisation started a campaign for elimination of hepatitis by 2030 and for this the current year theme was “HEPATITIS FRRE FUTURE” and massive large scale awareness for the disease, testing of all, treating free of cost and reaching the remotest of the remotest area is needed.
The webinar was attended by nearly 1200 delegates including doctors from India, USA, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
Prof Sidhartha Das, retired professor of medicine, Prof Lalit Kumar Meher the director of VIMSAR Burla and Dr Madan Mohan Sethi, the consul general of Hochimin City, Vietnam were the guest for the occasion.
Er Umakant Pani and Prashant Mohanty gave the vote of thanks.