Sakra World Hospital to Conduct Hepatitis Awareness Program Across Karnataka
Bangalore, July 29, 2019: Sakra World Hospital, a leading multispecialty hospital in the city of Bangalore in association with World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) will conduct a week-long hepatitis awareness program across Karnataka starting July 28, 2019 to commemorate World Hepatitis Day. The program aims to spread awareness on Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease and to provide hepatitis screenings for general public, Complete Medical Education (CME’s) for doctors.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), even though India is considered to have moderate percentage level of HBV infections in the population, there are estimations that approximately 400 million Indian are Hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriers. Over 1,00,000 Indian succumb each year from complications caused by HBV infections (i.e. cirrhosis, liver cancer, etc.). In an effort to keep this rising toll in check, nationwide plans have already been implemented in 2003, to arrange for availability of vaccination to all infants in the poor sections of 33 districts. Also, another 1.49 million non-slum infants were added to the program in 2005.
“It is crucial for the country and the state of Karnataka to realize the magnitude of Hepatitis B Virus. There are some recent developments in the treatment of the disease which suppress the virus. Our singular aim through this awareness program is to educate people about the deadly virus, be more responsible and prevent themselves to get infected”, said, Dr Dinesh Kini K, Director - Institute of Digestive and HPB Sciences, Sakra World Hospital.
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, which in turn causes damage to individual liver cells. It is most often caused by viral infection. Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), present in the body and bodily fluids of infected individual. This deadly virus infects liver cells, resulting in cirrhosis (liver scarring), liver cancer, failure and untimely death. It is usually spread through an HBV infected individual’s blood, semen, or any other body fluids. This can happen through direct contact with the blood or open sores of an infected person, having sexual with an infected person, an infected mother passing it to her baby at birth or sharing needles, syringes, or other drug injection equipment.