World Hepatitis Day —Hepatitis Cannot wait

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santanu Ghosh

world Hepatis Day–Don’t wait get tested.

Balurghat,28 July: Hepatitis is responsible for millions of deaths worldwide, in fact, according to health experts deaths from HIV and TB are decreasing and deaths from hepatitis are increasing. According to worldhepatitisday.org, a person dies every 30 seconds from a hepatitis-related illness. Therefore, it is important to highlight the need to accelerate the fight against viral hepatitis.

 Hepatitis is a liver related disease in which liver gets inflamed and becomes weak gradually. it is prevented by vaccination. According to the World Health Organization, more than 33 million people worldwide are infected with Hepatitis B and C. However, the number of victims is not very low. In most cases the cause is ignorance. Yet people don’t think about it that way .And so to warn about the liver and hepatitis, every year July 28 is celebrated as World Hepatitis Day.

 “This year’s theme is Hepatitis can’t wait. Bringing the care closer to you Bringing hepatitis care closer to you”, aims to raise awareness about the need to simplify and bring hepatitis care  closer to people wherever they are” said Sarthak Sensarma, doctor in the Balurghat district hospital. He further added,” hepatitis requires special care regarding food and drink. It is said to keep an eye so that digestion is not disturbed in any way. Outside food, oil-spicy food will not work at all. Eat home cooked food. Always be careful about what you eat. Otherwise, hepatitis can take a serious form. In addition, you should eat regularly according to the doctor’s advice”.

Dr. Ujjal Poddar,Professor & Head ,Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences,Lucknow” gave a clear message“ one must protect his liver from virus by taking vaccine (Hepatitis B), avoiding needles (drug abuse) and toxic substances such as alcohol.”

Bhaskar Bikas Paul, a gastroenterologist at Peerless hospital in Kolkata said, “universal Hepatitis B vaccination, safe blood banking practices ,safe injection practices, safe sex arethe key factors through which Hepatitis B and C can be kept away”.

Hepatitis symptoms

The general symptoms of hepatitis include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark coloured urine etc. So, identifying who is at risk and screening is critical in reducing the risk of infection and transmission.

the foods that must be kept in the diet-

1. Fibre,  vitamin A, C, B6 must be kept. Also, keep potassium-rich foods, fruits, vegetables, tomatoes, milk, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, strawberries or vitamin C-like fruits, oranges, bananas, apricots, dates, sour cherries in your daily diet.

2.Eat whole grains. Oats, Dalia, various grains must be kept in the diet. A handful of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds should be eaten daily.

3. Eat protein rich food.  If you have cirrhosis of the liver, eat foods that are high in protein. Also keep milk, curd also in the diet. These are very good sources of calcium-rich protein.

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