World Hepatitis Day is observed on 28th July every year by World Health Organization. The WHO theme of the World Hepatitis Day 2021 is ÂHepatitis cantÂs waitÂ. With a person dying every 30 seconds from a hepatitis-related illness Â even in the current COVID-19 crisis Â we cannot wait to act on viral hepatitis. Remarked by Dr Santosh Datar from Ziqitza Healthcare Limited.
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. The liver is the chemical laboratory of the body. We cannot live without a functioning liver. It performs various functions such as a role in food and drug metabolism, digestion, storage, production of important nutrients, protection against infections, breakdown of waste products and detoxification of poisons.Â The liver has an amazing healing capacity. However, hepatitis which becomes chronic can cause life-threatening conditions such as cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. Viral infections and alcohol are the commonest cause of Hepatitis, further explained by Dr Datar from Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd.
Experts from Ziqitza highlights some Common causes of Hepatitis are:
- Infections: Viruses viz. Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, other viruses, bacteria and parasites
- Toxins: Various drugs, chemicals, poisons and herbsÂ
- Fatty Liver Disease: Excessive fat deposition in the liver due associated with obesity and high lipid levels
- Autoimmune: BodyÂs immune system attacks the liver.Â
Dr Datar from Ziqitza advises on the following tips to reduce the risk of hepatitis
|Hepatitis A & E, other water and foodborne infections
|Ensure that you drink safe water. Avoid roadside exposed food items Cover food items to prevent contamination from housefliesWash raw vegetable items well before eating Wash your hands thoroughly before eating Cook your food well Vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid can be taken with your doctorÂs advice
|Hepatitis B, C and D
|Avoid exposure of bare skin and mucosa to body fluids of others practice safe sex. Use a condom safe blood transfusionFollow safe injection practice hepatitis B vaccine can be taken with your doctorÂs adviceScreening of pregnant women and treatment to prevent mother to child transmission
|Avoid alcohol. It not only damages your liver but almost all systems in the body including the heart, brain, pancreas and nerves. It is also a risk factor for many cancers.If you still want to consume it, limit your intake. Talk to your doctor about it.
|Do not take medicines on your own always follow the dose and duration prescribed by the doctor for any medicineControl your exposure to chemicals at the workplace. Follow the safety rules diligently not take herbal preparations and nutritional supplements without consulting your doctor. Everything herbal is not safe. Keep all medicines and chemicals away from children to prevent accidental ingestion
|Fatty Liver Disease
|Reduce weight if overweight or obese. Maintain optimum weight control your blood sugar, blood pressure and lipid levels exercise regularly have a nutritious and well-balanced diet avoids food items high in sugar and fatsRegular health checkups as per the advice of your doctor
|Since the cause is not known, it is difficult to prevent it.
Vaccination for Prevention of Hepatitis
Currently, effective vaccinations are available for Hepatitis-A and Hepatitis-B. However, they must be given under medical supervision. It is important to stay fit mentally & physically, maintain your weight, keep blood pressure and blood sugar under control and take vaccination & take care of all the above measures. Similar thoughts were voiced by experts at Ziqitza limited Rajasthan.
Dr. Santosh Datar from Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd highlights the Hepatitis-B vaccine schedule in the following table: –
|Newborn child (As per Government of India Immunization Schedule)
|At birth or as early as possible within 24 hours
|In form of pentavalent vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hemophilus Influenza Type B and Hepatitis-B)
|1 month after first dose
|6 months after first dose
Hepatitis-A vaccine schedule is as follows: –
|At 1 year
|12 months after first dose
|6 – 12 months after first dose
Protect your liver. If it is damaged beyond repair, quality of life will be extremely poor and the only treatment is a liver transplant.Â
About Ziqitza Healthcare Limited
Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL), has been one of the leading players in IndiaÂs Emergency Medical Services industry since 2005. ZHL Rajasthan& Ziqitza Rajasthan also have appreciated the Tele-Health services to provide quality healthcare services to people at their convenience in this pandemic situation. Ziqitza is a Âone-stop integrated healthcare solutionÂ for a corporate or government that include Integrated Emergency Services and Corporate Health Solutions. The service network includes 3,300 ambulances, state of art Helpline centres and medical mobile units that services 2 customers every second in India. We work with multiple state governments and 75 corporate clients in India and Gulf. Ziqitza is the winner of the Global Real impact Awards and Times Social Impact Award.