With a person dying every 30 seconds from a hepatitis related illness, even in the current CO*VID-19 crisis, we can’t wait to act on viral hepatitis, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday when observing each year on 28 July the “World Hepatitis Day” to raise awareness of viral hepatitis.
In Syria, the cumulative number of hepatitis B infections has reached 6200, and hepatitis C cases reached 6000 cases, Director of Communicable and Chronic Diseases at the Health Ministry, Dr. Jamal Khamis said, asserting that the Ministry continues to provide free diagnostic and treatment services through specialized centers in Damascus, Lattakia, Hama, Homs and Aleppo.
Dr. Khamis added that the Ministry provides vaccine of hepatitis B, in addition to providing awareness brochures and posters and training and rehabilitating of the medical cadres.
WHO joins the global community in celebrating World Hepatitis Day with the theme “Hepatitis can’t wait”, calling on all countries to work together to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. A hepatitis-free future is achievable with a united effort.