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“WHO Report: Second most Hepatitis B, C Cases India after China”

“WHO Report: Second most Hepatitis B, C Cases India after China”

The WHO report’s findings regarding India having the second-highest number of hepatitis B and C cases after China underscore the significant health challenge posed by these infections in the country.

India ranking second in hepatitis B and C cases following China:

As per the WHO report, emphasizes the urgent need for heightened awareness and robust public health initiatives. Prevention strategies, such as vaccination drives and education campaigns, alongside improved access to testing and treatment, are crucial in combating the spread of these diseases. Efforts should be focused on early detection and comprehensive care to reduce the burden of hepatitis in India and safeguard public health.

The staggering numbers of hepatitis B and C cases in India in 2022, with 2.98 crore cases of hepatitis B and 55 lakh cases of hepatitis C, highlight the critical need for concerted efforts to address these infections.

These figures underscore the urgency for widespread vaccination programs, increased awareness campaigns, and improved access to testing and treatment services across the country. Collaborative action from healthcare authorities, policymakers, and communities is essential to effectively combat hepatitis and reduce its impact on public health in India.

There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. While they all cause liver disease, they differ in important ways including modes of transmission, severity of the illness, geographical distribution and prevention methods.

In particular, types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and together are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis, liver cancer and viral hepatitis-related deaths.

The WHO on Tuesday flagged that the number of lives lost due to viral hepatitis is increasing with the disease being the second leading infectious cause of death globally (with 1.3 million deaths per year) the same as tuberculosis.

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