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President, PM stress on creating awareness to check hepatitis
Bangladesh will join the global community in observing the World Hepatitis Day today for raising awareness against the deadly virus, reports BSS .
The day is observed every year on July 28 to increase awareness of different forms of hepatitis and methods of prevention and treatment.
This year’s theme of the day is ‘Eliminate Hepatitis’ as envisioned in WHO’s first “Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis 2016-2021”, and included as the final target for hepatitis in the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.
This year World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) fix the theme of the Day ‘Find the Missing Millions’, a three-year global awareness-raising and advocacy campaign aimed at tackling the main barriers on way to diagnosis by putting civil society organisations and the affected community.
In Bangladesh, government and different non-government organizations have chalked out various programmes, including seminars, a rally and health campaigns, to observe the Day.
President and Prime Minister issued separate messages on the eve of the day.
The National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh (NLFB) would organize free hepatitis B and C screening campaign at its office tomorrow.
NLFB conducted ‘Find the Missing Millions’ campaign on July 15 at Rangamati Government College and different places of Rangamati to mark the Day. They screened hepatitis B and C among 810 people of Chakma tribe and found most of them don’t know about viral hepatitis, said a press release here today.
Newspapers will publish special articles, while television and radio channels will air programmes highlighting significance of the day.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged the government and non-government organizations, institutions and individuals to create awareness among the people to control the deadly disease like Hepatitis.
They made the call in separate messages on the eve of the World Hepatitis Day 2018 to be observed in the country tomorrow as elsewhere in the world aiming at enhancing awareness about the deadly virus.
President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said liver is an important organ of human body. But due to lack of knowledge about liver diseases and their prevention, the number of liver patients is increasing gradually in the country, he added.
He urged all authorities concerned to take necessary measures to inspire the people to prevent the liver related diseases.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, underscored the need for creating extensive mass awareness and ensuring proper treatment facilities to prevent hepatitis virus.
She said the government is working relentlessly to reach the updated healthcare facilities at the doorsteps of the people and to ensure the standard of the health services.
The virus is curable through medical tests and treatment, she added, urging the liver specialists to give treatment to their patients with the mentality of providing better health services.
Terming the day’s theme of this year ‘Find the Missing Millions’ is time-befitting, the President and the Prime Minister said the observance of the day would play a vital role in attaining targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by eliminating the viruses within 2030.
They also wished all programmes of the day a success.