Hepatitis: The Silent Killer, Kills Faster Than HIV/AIDs - Experts
- Ngozi Oguejiofor
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Health experts have identified consumption of contaminated food, unclean water and intake of drugs as the major causes of various categories of hepatitis.
Recently, the disease has been a scourge as it has gained prevalence in the past few years. Federal Government has also embarked on immunizing people, especially children and young adults, freely against the viral disease.
According to Healthline, Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection. However, there are other possible causes of hepatitis. These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease that occurs when your body makes antibodies against your liver tissue.
The disease has been termed dangerous and a potent killer, as it has no treatment especially for acute cases. Actually, it is avoidable by adopting a healthier and a cleaner lifestyle.
Dr Johnson Ogunmade speaking during an Annual Health Seminar, organized by Ogun State Ministry of Health workers with the theme, “Reducing prevalence of hepatitis disease: Role of Community Health Practitioners” held in Abeokuta said, hepatitis “C” and “D” can be transmitted through unprotected sex and blood transfusion respectively while hepatitis E could be transmitted through water borne diseases.
Symptoms to watch out for all categories of hepatitis include fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, paleness, stooling, abdominal pains and loss of appetite.
Ogunmade said hepatitis “A” that is the most common, is as a result of drug abuse, unclean environment and taking of contaminated foods and water.He added that hepatitis “B”, if not quickly diagnosed could kill faster than HIV/AIDs and can easily be transmitted through body fluid.
Charging participants to advise patients to imbibe good hygiene, maintain a clean environment, avoid the intake of contaminated foods, washing fruits before consumption and staying away from undercooked food, Ogunmade said hepatitis could be greatly reduced when people imbibe the habit of regular hand washing.