Chennai: World Hepatitis Day was commemorated recently to enhance awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer.

The objective of Hepatitis Day is to educate the public across the globe on the importance of screening and vaccination.

Viral hepatitis is a cause for major health care burden in India and is now equated as a threat comparable to the ‘big three’ communicable diseases – HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, said Dr Joy Varghese, director – Hepatology & Transplant Hepatology, Gleneagles Global Health City.

Around 10,800 people were screened for Hepatitis B virus in last one year (June 2019 to July 2020) at our hospital and the samples considered for the study did not have any prior history of liver ailments and were sourced from blood bank and labs data.

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