Expressing concern over rise in hepatitis cases in Rohtak, Dr Parveen Malhotra, associate professor and head, department of gastroenterology, at local medical college, has said hepatitis was a silent killer as it rarely presents symptoms till very late stage.
He was speaking during a discussion-cum-awareness session organised to mark the World Hepatitis Day at Pt BD Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences on Saturday.
Addressing the gathering, he said, "One in 12 persons worldwide, or some 500 million people, are living with chronic viral hepatitis and around 70-80% of people with acute hepatitis-C do not show any symptoms. The symptoms often go unnoticed, the reason why the disease was also known as the silent killer."
Urging the Centre and state governments to act swiftly to deal with the situation, he said it can be countered by spreading awareness on prevention on the disease and encouraging communities to remain vigilant against it.
On how disease gets transmitted, he said it mainly spreads through infected food or water, unprotected sex with a person who has the disease, or through direct contact with infected blood or fluids by usage of infected needles or sharing razors or other shaving devices.
In the last some months, Dr Malhotra has successfully treated scores of patients at PGIMS, Rohtak, in the nodal centre created by the state government to treat patients at subsidised prices.