World Hepatitis Day is a day of bringing the world together to raise awareness on the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver with different types which include hepatitis A,B,C,D, and E.
Speaking on the day, a health care provider, Mr. Chibundo Anigbogu, described hepatitis as deadlier than HIV disease.
He said it can be contacted by ingesting contaminated foods, sexual contacts, body fluids like blood and saliva.
Mr. Anigbogu noted that effective disposal of human waste and regular medical checkup through laboratory tests are of immense importance in the control of hepatitis.
For Mrs. Beatrice Okeke,a nurse at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, hepatitis is better avoided than allowed as according to her when one gets infected with the disease there is no treatment that can completely remove the virus from the body of the victim.
She mentioned the symptoms to include body weakness, nausea, headache, severe loss of apetite, weight loss, muscle pains among others.
Queen Anigbogu reports that the theme of this year’s World Hepatitis Day is, “Hepatitis Can’t Wait”.