New Delhi: Doctors at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) marked its 22nd International Hepatitis Day on Wednesday with a pledge for a healthy liver. A symposium on the disease was held to commemorate the occasion at the hospital premises in Vasant Kunj. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain was the chief guest for the occasion.
Prominent among the guests at the function was legendary boxer and Olympian, Mary Kom.
Speaking on the occasion, Satyendra Jain said, “Liver infection is spreading all over the world rapidly. One can save himself or herself by following some food habits or by awareness about the infection.
“We have a vaccination for Hepatitis A, B and E. But Hepatitis C remains deadly. We cannot get any protective vaccine for Hep-C virus. The sedentary lifestyle is also responsible for a factor contributing to this disease. Youngsters should go for a workout and not become couch potatoes,” he explained.
Dr Shiv Kumar Sarin, director of the institute, said, “Infection can get into the stomach through contaminated water, cut fruits selling under the un-hygienic situation. We should make it a point to eat food only after proper hand wash.”
Hepatitis C and B are somehow dangerous as it can infect blood through transfusion of infected blood. Hepatitis E is normal stomach flu that can be cured in five or six days if diagnosed properly. The programme was also attended by chief secretary of Delhi Government Vijay Dev.