WHO raises alarm, says hepatitis claims 3,500 lives daily

WHO raises alarm, says hepatitis claims 3,500 lives daily

Alarming Rise in Hepatitis B Deaths: Why Vaccination is Crucial

A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) paints a troubling picture: the number of deaths caused by viral hepatitis, particularly Hepatitis B, is rising globally. Despite advancements in diagnosis and treatment, millions remain undiagnosed and untreated. This highlights the critical need for increased awareness and preventive measures like vaccination.

According to the WHO’s 2024 Global Hepatitis Report, an estimated 1.3 million people died from viral hepatitis in 2022, with Hepatitis B responsible for a staggering 83% of those deaths. The report also reveals regions like the WHO African Region carry a disproportionate burden, with limited access to vaccination further worsening the situation.

The good news is that Hepatitis B is a preventable disease. Vaccination offers lifelong protection and effectively stops the transmission of the virus within communities. Getting vaccinated against Hepatitis B is crucial for several reasons:

  • Prevents a serious liver infection: Hepatitis B can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. Vaccination is the most effective way to safeguard your liver health.
  • Offers lifelong protection: A single course of the Hepatitis B vaccine provides long-term immunity against the virus.
  • Stops transmission, protecting communities: Vaccination not only protects you but also curbs the spread of the virus within families and communities.
  • Required for certain jobs and travel: Many professions and travel destinations require Hepatitis B vaccination for health and safety reasons.
  • Shields vulnerable populations: Vaccination is particularly important for infants, healthcare workers, and individuals with weakened immune systems.
  • Cost-effective health measure: Vaccination is a significantly cheaper and more effective way to prevent Hepatitis B compared to treating chronic infections and complications.

At Procare Hospital we are committed in raising awareness about Hepatitis B and promoting preventive measures. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated against Hepatitis B, especially those at high risk.

Contact us today at tel:09098889015 to schedule an appointment and learn more about vaccination services. We are located at Plot 930, Abubakar Koko Avenue, Life Camp.


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