Short Essay on World Hepatitis Day

  • Contributed by : Rose Johson
  • Status : Student
  • Mode : Medium
  • Article type : Essay for Children
  • Target Age Group : 6-10 Years

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World Health Organisation (WHO) mark 28th July of each year as World Hepatitis Day to spread the awareness and seriousness of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes. Viral hepatitis is an infectious disease spread mainly by five types of Hepatitis viruses namely, Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E . It results in the inflammation of liver and kills around 1.4 million people annually. The Viruses are transmitted through different routes - Hepatitis A and E through contaminated food and water; Hepatitis B – through unsafe blood and other bodily fluids and Hepatitis C – mostly through infectious blood. 28th July was chosen for World Hepatitis Day because it is the birthday of Nobel Prize Winner Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg, who discovered the hepatitis B virus. The objective of dedicating a day for Hepatitis Awareness is to provide an opportunity to focus on strengthening prevention, screening and control of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes.


 

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