July 28, every year is observed as world hepatitis day. the day is aimed at raising global awareness of hepatitis thus a group of infectious disease known as Hepatitis A,B,C,D and E. It is also encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. World Hepatitis Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization. Approximately 500 million people worldwide are living with either Hepatitis B or C.
A free screening exercise was held today at the Radaach Lodge and Conference Center in Tamale for the people of Tamale and its environs. The team, made up of 5 doctors and 10 nurses and other health personnel. The team screened over 500 people today and gave counselling as well.
According to health experts, if left untreated and unmanaged, Hepatitis B or C can lead to advanced liver scarring (cirrhosis) and other complications, including liver cancer or liver failure. Dr. Nii Ayeh, Vice President of the Hepatitis Society of Ghana, indicated that today's screening exercise is the first of its kind in the Northern Region and was held under the theme: " PREVENT HEPATITIS, ACT NOW".
Remember Hepatitis B is curable.
But Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus. The infection is often asymptomatic, but chronic infection can lead to scarring of the liver and ultimately to cirrhosis, which is generally apparent after many years. In some cases, those with cirrhosis will go on to develop liver failure, liver cancer. HEPATITIS C KILLS FASTER!
Visit the nearest Health Centre to test now and lets SAVE LIVES.