On World Hepatitis Day, WHO calls for more awareness about this "silent epidemic"Listen /
Despite affecting millions of people worldwide and exerting a staggering toll on health, hepatitis remains largely unknown, undiagnosed and untreated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
On World Hepatitis Day, observed on 28 July, WHO urges governments to strengthen efforts in fighting viral hepatitis which affects the liver and kills one million people annually.
Hepatitis is actually a group of five diseases which are contracted from either infected bodily fluids or contaminated food and water.
WHO's Dr. Sylvie Briand said increasing awareness of the different forms is the first step in controlling hepatitis and saving lives.
"WHO is first raising awareness of this silent epidemic so that individuals can protect themselves, or get treated if they are infected. We are also working with governments and this is why we launched The Framework for Global Action to encourage governments to develop national and regional strategies so that there are measures in place to protect public health and combat the disease at national level."