Little is known about Hepatitis or viral Hepatitis and the diseases it causes. This is why WHO and partners would like to urge all policy makers, health workers and the public to “Think again” about this silent killer on World Hepatitis Day.
“For years, viral hepatitis has been largely neglected,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General at WHO. “But now we are beginning to see greater awareness and global momentum building to tackle it.”
Many people mistakenly think that hepatitis means viral hepatitis, and that all forms of hepatitis are contagious. Actually, the word hepatitis is a catch-all term that refers to any inflammation of the liver, irritation or swelling of liver cells from any cause.