Health Days 2020
World Hepatitis Day
​Introduction:
Hepatitis, the inflammation of the liver tissue, can be self-limiting but is also capable of advancing to fibrosis or liver cancer. The world hepatitis day is celebrated on July 28 of every year. The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus.

Hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of hepatitis in the world but other infections, toxic substances (e.g. alcohol, certain drugs), and autoimmune diseases can also cause hepatitis. 

Facts:
  • Hepatitis is the second major killer infectious disease after tuberculosis.
  • There are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E.
  • Hepatitis A and E is usually caused by eating or drinking contaminated food and water.
  • Hepatitis B, C and D usually occur as the result of parenteral contact with infected body fluids.
  • Worldwide, 290 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware.
  • Viral hepatitis can be prevented and treated.

Objectives:
  • Raising awareness about viral hepatitis.
  • Supporting viral hepatitis patients.

Official Date:
  • Globally: July 28th,2020.
  • Locally: Dhu al-Hijjah 7th, 1441H. 




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