On the occasion of the seventh World Hepatitis Day, which falls on Monday, various education activities have been planned in the city for general public and healthcare professionals.
City-based Gastroenterology and Liver Forum in association with Rotary Club will organise a walkathon at Sukhna Lake on Sunday. “British deputy high commissioner David Lelliott will be the chief guest on the occasion,” Dr Sandeep Dhavan, chairman of the forum, said.
‘Think Again’ is this year’s slogan for World Hepatitis Day. The day was launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political momentum, seen with other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. This is despite the fact that the number of people chronically infected with, and the
number of deaths caused by, hepatitis B and C is on the same scale as these conditions.
There are around 50 crore people in the world who are infected with hepatitis B and C virus infection. Of these around 5-6 crore are present alone in India.
“PGI gets almost 80-100 new cases of hepatitis B or C virus infection every month,” Dr Ajay Duseja from the department of Hepatology, PGIMER, said.