Listen: Invest in eliminating hepatitis, UN health agency urges ahead of World Hepatitis Day
"This is an academy with you and US recent reductions in the cost of diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis should be an incentive for countries to scale up investments in disease elimination. That's the view of the World Health Organization which is calling on all countries to take advantage of the lower costs in match investments to eliminate disease ahead of world appetite is day marked this Sunday the Blue Ocean EPA titus team leader Dr Mark Ball Therese spoke to you and uses Cimmamon guy and explained. Prevention measures that some countries are taking to protect against appetite is related diseases. We focused on the need for testing and treatment treatment this quite inexpensive now for hepatitis b the Best Treatment is the use of turnoff off of you can also use an tack. These medicines are now expensive and quite effective. Further treatments are being developed. Also for appetite is be we are actually hopeful that within the next five to ten years we may have a cure appetite is be as well for Hepatitis C.. We currently have a cure and the medicines direct acting antivirals and they're available now in countries where you have access to generics. They're available at relatively low cost approximately ninety. Eighty dollars or even in some countries lower that so these medicines have really been revolutionary because now it is possible to treat chronic viral infection that causes many many deaths in developing countries are hepatitis diagnosis is to being readily available for those who are suffering it should be widely available in however in most countries. They're still not a strong focus on viral hepatitis. Currently we estimate only about twenty percent of persons. She's living with Hepatitis C.. F. Ever been diagnosed appetite is be it's even less than twenty percent since its World Hepatitis Day. What how do you envision to prevalence of the treatment of hepatitis for the future so yeah as I mentioned we have excellent treatment already available for appetizers? The Sea and the current treatment is two to three months. We have three different pension typic- regiments that we recommend in our new guidelines that came out last year at World Hepatitis Day and we are now recommending tweet all this would allow actually eliminating disaffection defection worldwide hopeful also that new treatments will become available for children as well or recommendation says for children under twelve we recommend waiting until the age of twelve however very soon there will be treatments available also for children. We expect even before the end of this year or two more questions. You mentioned that Egypt and other countries are living. We've high levels of Hepatitis C.. Why is this Oh this is because in the past there was transmission through unsafe injections unsafe healthcare so Egypt has really taken the bull by the horns they have already tested the sixty million people in a country of about ninety two million people I believe so they have a very quickly expanded a program and they're testing for both hepatitis B d._N._C.? Primarily have a problem with appetite to see affection <hes> because of three hundred was given many years ago for she surmises that was injections that were not always safe but they are providing treatment for free to the population and have already reduced the prevalence vary. Very greatly now Egypt assist other countries in further reducing the prevalence of Hepatitis C. so for prevention. It's the critical thing for hepatitis. B Prevention is to provide the immunizations particularly to infants because because there's a lot of moderate to child transmission ninety percent of transmission for hepatitis B. is actually early in life and for that is very important that countries implement also the birth dose of Hepatitis B vaccine and we are really pushing here at Ably Chore Now for All Countries to implement the Birtles Hepatitis B. which means vaccine that's given within twenty four hours after birth and then an additional two or three or vaccinations later during infancy in addition to that for hepatitis."