The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) joined the World to mark World Hepatitis Day–with the theme; “Hepatitis can’t wait”. This is in order to convey the urgency of efforts needed to eliminate Hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. World Hepatitis Day is observed each year on the 28 of July, to raise awareness of the viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes severe liver disease and hepatocellular cancer.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The virus has five strains; A, B, C, D and E that can cause series of health problems often leading to death. Amongst these strains, Hepatitis B and C are the most lethal, accounting for 1.3 million lives lost annually.
Hepatitis A, and E, are mainly caused by the intake of contaminated food while Hepatitis B, C, and D, usually occur after getting in contact with an infected person’s blood and body fluid.
The management of UPTH has put in place modalities with a team of medical professionals to ensure efficient management and treatment of Hepatitis, screening for the virus, as well as vaccination against it.