August 19, 2016

Results of nationwide liver disease survey to be released in next two months

Yangon, 26 July — The results of a nationwide survey of people infected with liver diseases, especially hepatitis B and C, will be revealed in the coming two months, Prof Win Win Swe, dean of the Department of Hepatology, North Okklapa General Hospital, said Sunday.
With the aim of bringing down the death toll and the virus infections, the health ministry and its partner organizations have conducted the survey on liver diseases throughout the country since mid-April, she said.
It is estimated that roughly 12 percent of the country’s population have contracted the hepatitis B virus, while two to four percent are suffering from hepatitis C, she said.
“The number of hepatitis virus infections in the country would be lower than when the results come out as the healthcare providers are putting more effort into raising awareness of liver diseases through various activities,” said Prof Win Win Swe.
“The ministry is planning to give vaccinations against hepatitis B free of charge to a group of people who are vulnerable to the virus, atYangon’s500–bedSpecialtyHospitaland North Okkalapa General Hospital by the end of this year,” she added.
Hepatitis B and C are the most common causes of liver diseases all over the world. According to research, one in 12 people are infected with viral hepatitis, which kills nearly 4,000 people each day worldwide.
Both hepatitis B and C have the potential to lead to chronic liver infections. They are transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, but more commonly transmitted through bodily fluids.—GNLM


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