Amitabh Bachchan appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 12, 2017

She termed the association as historic and said that it is expected to strengthen the worldwide body's efforts in reducing the high numbers of premature deaths and illnesses caused by viral hepatitis.

This is the first formal association between WHO and Bachchan, who served as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Polio in India, and has been supporting and promoting various health related issues in the country such as childhood immunization programme, tuberculosis and "clean India" campaign. "No one should ever suffer from viral hepatitis". Though for the next 18 years since then, he depicted no symptoms of infection. His infection 1982 surfaced only in 2016, after nearly 18 years and he had lost 75 percent of his liver function already.

"Hepatitis is not only causing hardships to individuals and families, but also impacting health and development across the Region", the doctor said in her statement.

Hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of liver damage but other infections, toxic substances (alcohol, certain medicine, food contaminants), bad lifestyle (fatty food, obesity) and autoimmune diseases may also cause chronic disease.

The condition is a leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis.

"Only 10% of people infected with Hepatitis are aware of it". Jaundice outbreaks, like the Shimla outbreak in January 2016, are usually caused by Hepatitis E, which causes self-limiting disease but can trigger acute liver failure. "We have witnessed this in polio eradication", Union Health Minister JP Nadda said in a video message.

Its primary aim is to advocate the preventive measures and make people understand the process of early diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination given at 0, 1, 2, and 6 months provides protection for children and prevents mother-to-child transmission of the disease.

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