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WHO urges world community to prevent hepatitis by acting against unsafe injections, unsafe blood
Ahead of World Hepatitis Day (WHD) to be observed on July 28, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged its partners, health workers, common public and policy makers in various countries to act now to prevent infection and death from hepatitis.

In medical fraternity, WHD is celebrated to honour the birthday of Nobel Laureate Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg, the discoverer of the hepatitis B virus and developer of the first hepatitis B vaccine.

According to WHO, Viral hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.5 million people every year, mostly from hepatitis B and C which can be prevented by taking some precautions.

Key messages of the WHD this year is "Prevent hepatitis. Act now." WHO has cautioned the public against unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment which have become one of the major causes of hepatitis infection.

According to WHO, about 2 million people contract hepatitis from unsafe injections every year which can be prevented. Therefore, it is essential to insist on using sterile single-use syringes that can prevent these infections. Also, it is essential to get children vaccinated to prevent hepatitis. Moreover, one needs to get tested periodically and seek treatment since medicines exist to treat hepatitis B and cure hepatitis C, informs WHO.

WHD is observed on July 28 every year to raise global awareness of hepatitis and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. It is observed in over 100 countries each year through events such as free screenings, poster campaigns, demonstrations, concerts, talk shows, flash mobs and vaccination drives, amongst many others, informs WHO.

The other observances coordinated by the WHO are the World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World AIDS Day.

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