It’s Time to Test, Treat and Cure.
July 28, 2018 is World Hepatitis Day. The Theme this year is – “Test. Treat. Cure.” The objective of the World Hepatitis Day is to send out a strong and strident message to people across the world, to create awareness and take action and join the massive movement to find the “missing millions.” Viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.35 million deaths per year – that’s as many as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria together. Hepatitis B virus and Hepatitis C cause 80% of liver cancer cases in the world.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The condition can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer. 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.
What are the missing million? – The fact is there is a predominant prevalence of the Viral Hepatitis which has affected more than 300 million people around the world who are living with it. It is fast becoming one of the biggest global threats of our time. The appalling reality is that most of those suffering from Viral Hepatitis are unaware that they have the disease. If these millions of people remain undiagnosed, there is likelihood of much suffering and even loss of life. It is thus imperative that those affected with Viral Hepatitis are identified and that they are linked to care and given necessary treatment. Affected people have poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, pain in the upper right part and of the abdomen and jaundice. Hepatitis A virus is the most common virus and the most common cause of Viral Hepatitis followed by Hepatitis B virus.
Speaking on the occasion Senior Hepatologist Dr Dharmesh Kapoor said, “On the eve of Hepatitis day, it’s not like just another day but a reminder in the medical fraternity to keep you fit and some strident progresses have been achieved in Hepatitis C virus treatment. We have some excellent drugs against Hepatitis C which can be given in a short duration of time of roughly 12 weeks. If exceptional cases treatment has to be prolonged to 24 weeks and we can achieve cure rates from 95-100%.” He further adds, “With a combined effort, it is possible to eliminate Viral Hepatitis since a cure for Hepatitis C and vaccine for Hepatitis B already exists. The goal is to include Viral Hepatitis in sustainable development objectives and work towards its elimination on a war footing. Eat nutritious food, Exercise regularly to maintain your liver healthy.”
At Gleneagles Global Hospitals, the Department of Hepatology and liver surgery centre is a one stop solution for all ailments related to the liver. It is considered to be the Best Hepatology Hospital in India for Treatment of Hepatitis A, B & C and Treatment of Liver Diseases. Led by the best Hepatologists in India the hospital offers comprehensive treatment and surgeries for all complex and complicated liver conditions. The department offers treatment for the following diseases: • Gall bladder stone • Obstructive jaundice • Liver coma • Biliary Atresia • Fatty liver • Cirrhosis • Hepatocellular carcinoma • Pancreatic stones • Hepatitis • Portal hypertension • Hepatic encephalopathy • Portal vein thrombosis • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. In joining the global effort on World Hepatitis Day 2018 Gleneagles Global Hospitals desire to make a difference.
The top-notch team of medical professionals, highly experienced doctors in this speciality are extremely capable in diagnosing and giving top of the line treatment for a definite cure and improvement of patient’s health. The team uses a holistic approach which also addresses the emotional stress which patients undergo when diagnosed with liver diseases. At Gleneagles Global Hospitals, the state of the art facilities and care make it possible for the disease to be detected early and the most modern and advanced treatment offered to effect complete cure. Such is the expertise and innovative techniques at Gleneagles, that even cases and conditions which have been considered untreatable have achieved a positive response to the treatment at Gleneagles Global Hospitals.