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Today marked the World Hepatitis Day with the theme "Find the missing million”.

Hepatitis is defined as an inflammation of the liver, which in most cases is caused by hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E among other factors, according to World Health Organization, there are 325 million people who are suffering from hepatitis B and C with over 1.3 million fatalities annually across the world.

The Vice President of the Hepatitis Society of Ghana, Prof. Asante Awuku, in an interview said, there are millions of people who have hepatitis without knowing.

According to him, people can get hepatitis through different kinds of way.

He added that, one can get hepatitis when there’s problem with his kidney. He revealed that, children of all ages can get hepatitis hence parents should be cautious of what their children eat.

He noted that, there’s no vaccine for hepatitis C in the country, while revealing the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis.

World Hepatitis Day is commemorated each year on 28 July to enhance awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer.

This year’s theme is “Hepatitis-free future,” with a strong focus on preventing Hepatitis B (HBV) among mothers and newborns. On 28 July, WHO will publish new recommendations on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus. HBV can be prevented among newborns through the use of a safe and effective vaccine.

SilverNews / SilverFM / Ghana




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