World Health Organisation has said countries must urgently increase hepatitis testing and treatment services in order to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this in a video statement on their website, “We have a clear vision for elimination, and we have the tools to do it. But we must accelerate progress to achieve our goal of eliminating hepatitis by 2030.”
According to the statement on World Health Organization (WHO) website, viral hepatitis B and C are major health challenges, affecting 325 million people globally. They are root causes of liver cancer, leading to 1.34 million deaths every year.
Hepatitis B and C are chronic infections that may not show symptoms for a long period, sometimes years or decades. At least 60% of liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C. Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030.
The statement said WHO will focus on the theme of 2018 World Hepatitis Day which is: “Test. Treat. Hepatitis”