Q. How serious is the incidence of viral hepatitis infections in India?
Is there sufficient awareness about hepatitis among the people of India?
Viral Hepatitis includes infection by several types of virus -
Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E. etc. There is no definite data in India, which
includes the incidence of all the types of Viral hepatitis, the reason being
the poor awareness regarding Viral Hepatitis. Hepatitis A and E spread through
contaminated food and are usually self- limiting and these are very rarely
reported, whereas Hepatitis B and C spread through blood and body fluids and
very often present as chronic illness. To put it in a nutshell, the
misconception about Viral Hepatitis is more prevalent than the awareness
Q. With more people diagnosed with liver diseases, liver transplants
are becoming very necessary. How has the liver transplant scene changed in
India since the first liver transplant surgery you performed some 13 years ago
There has been a sea change in the Liver transplantation
scenario in India, predominantly in the last 4 years and the rate of growth is
phenomenal. India is emerging as one of the key players in Liver transplant in the
Asian region and importantly among the Living donor liver transplant programs
of the world.
As the need for Liver transplant in our country is
enormous, rapid increase in the future in the number of transplants performed
is bound to happen.
Q. Some tips to our readers on World Hepatitis Day to keep their liver
Eat healthy, balanced, hygienic food
Exercise regularly to prevent Fatty
(Fat deposition on the Liver)
Vaccinate against Hepatitis B
Ensure that precautions are
followed at the healthcare facility you happen to visit in order to avoid
contamination from infected patients
Timely consultation with a
qualified practitioner to obtain the appropriate treatment if you happen to be
affected by Viral hepatitis
On World Hepatitis
day several medical professionals, NGOs and patient groups in the world make
the effort to increase public awareness about Hepatitis, to prevent, screen and
control viral hepatitis and its related diseases such as liver cirrhosis, acute liver disease and liver cancer. Supported
and driven by patient groups from all over the world, World Hepatitis Alliance works to clear viral hepatitis from the
face of the earth. The first step is the awareness needed to recognize that, "This is Hepatitis."