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‘We need help to eliminate viral hepatitis’

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42 cases reported in province

Society has been urged to play a part in the fight to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2013. File picture

The Northern Cape Department of Health has called on communities to play a role in the elimination of viral hepatitis in the Province.

The MEC for Health, Lebogang Motlhaping, yesterday made the call, a day before Hepatitis Day is celebrated globally under the theme, “Eliminate Hepatitis”.

Mothlaping said that the day brings global communities together to raise awareness about the burden of hepatitis as well as encouraging society to play a part in the fight to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.

Viral hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E and affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

According to the World Health Organisation, viral hepatitis causes acute and chronic liver disease and kills close to over 1.5 million people annually, mostly from hepatitis B and C.

Forty-two cases of hepatitis A and four cases of hepatitis B were recorded in the Northern Cape in the last year.

“No deaths were reported,” Mothlaping said.

Kimberley Hospital will be conducting first, second and third dose as well as antibody screening for all staff members at the facility.

The screening will start at 8am tomorrow.