Liver disease kills 3,500 people.  People daily.  Only tuberculosis is worse

  1. Hepatitis B and C are the second most common infectious disease causing death after tuberculosis.

  2. The Director of the World Health Organization warns that although progress has been made in preventing further infections, the number of deaths among patients is increasing.

  3. However, the number of infections has decreased, but it remains alarmingly high

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The World Health Organization reports that the number of deaths from viral hepatitis is on the rise. Hepatitis remains the second most infectious disease that may lead to death, after tuberculosis.

The World Health Organization report shows that 3,500 people worldwide die every day from hepatitis B and C. The number of deaths from this disease has risen from 1.1 million. In 2019 to 1.3 million. In 2022. The researchers reached these conclusions by analyzing data from 187 countries. Hepatitis B causes greater losses, up to 83%. Of these deaths, hepatitis C was responsible for 17%.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director of the World Health Organization, believes that this condition is due to lack of diagnosis, and thus the lack of appropriate treatment. This occurs despite global efforts to prevent hepatitis infection.

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According to the report, people between the ages of 30 and 54 make up more than half of the patients. Children and adolescents under the age of 18 make up 12%. injured. Men are slightly more likely to develop the disease (58%).

However, the number of infections has decreased, although it is still high. In 2022, there were 2.2 million. New infections. This means a decrease from 2.5 million. In 2019. According to the World Health Organization, another 6,000 people become infected with viral hepatitis every day. The fact that the infection rate is declining is linked to increased access to vaccines and improved treatment of hepatitis C.

There are countries where the situation is particularly difficult. These are Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia and Vietnam. All of the above together makes up 75%. Hepatitis B and C infection.

To reduce these alarming numbers, we need universal access to prevention, diagnosis and treatment services, not only in the ten countries mentioned above, but also across Africa. It turns out that only 60 percent of all the countries covered in the report provide free or partially paid tests and treatment for hepatitis as part of public health care.

There is also a lot to do in Poland. The Polish Society of Epidemiologists and Infectious Disease Physicians reported in 2023 that the problem affects about 140-150 thousand people. Sons of the homeland. Hepatitis C is the most common infection affecting the liver in our country.

Worse still, many infected people do not know they are sick because the infection develops in a latent state for a very long time. Symptoms appear when the disease is already advanced, and at this stage there is a risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Poland, like 193 other countries, participates in the Global Strategy against Hepatitis, which was confirmed in 2016 at the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization. The initiative aims to eliminate hepatitis B and C by 2030.

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