World Hepatitis Day is observed on 28th July every year by World Health Organization. The WHO theme of the World Hepatitis Day 2021 is “Hepatitis cant’s wait”. With a person dying every 30 seconds from a hepatitis related illness – even in the current COVID-19 crisis – we cannot wait to act on viral hepatitis. Remarked by Dr. Santosh Datar from Ziqitza Healthcare Limited.
Hepatitis means inflammation of liver. Liver is the chemical laboratory of the body. We cannot live without a functioning liver. It performs various functions such as role in food and drug metabolism, digestion, storage, production of important nutrients, protection against infections, breakdown of waste products and detoxification of poisons. Liver has an amazing healing capacity. However, hepatitis which becomes chronic can cause life threatening conditions such as cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. Viral infections and alcohol are the commonest cause of Hepatitis, further explained by Dr. Datar from Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd.
Experts from Ziqitza highlights some Common causes of Hepatitis are:
- Infections: Viruses viz. Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, other viruses, bacteria and parasites
- Toxins: Various drugs, chemicals, poisons and herbs
- Fatty Liver Disease: Excessive fat deposition in liver due associated with obesity and high lipid levels
- Autoimmune: Body’s immune system attacks the liver.
Dr. Datar from Ziqitza Limited advises on the following tips to reduce risk of hepatitis
Vaccination for Prevention of Hepatitis
Currently, effective vaccinations are available for Hepatitis-A and Hepatitis-B. However, they must be given under medical supervision. It is important to stay fit mentally & physically, maintain your weight, keep blood pressure and blood sugar under control and take vaccination & take care of all the above measures. Similar thoughts were voiced by experts at Ziqitza limited Rajasthan.
Dr. Santosh Datar from Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd highlights the Hepatitis-B vaccine schedule in the following table:
A & E, other water and food borne infections
|· Ensure that you drink safe water. |
· Avoid roadside exposed food items
· Cover food items to prevent contamination from houseflies
· Wash raw vegetable items well before eating
· Wash your hands thoroughly before eating
· Cook your food well
· Vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid can be taken with your doctor’s advice
B, C and D
|· Avoid exposure of bare skin and mucosa to body fluids of others |
· Practice safe sex. Use a condom
· Safe blood transfusion
· Follow safe injection practices
· Hepatitis B vaccine can be taken with your doctor’s advice
· Screening of pregnant women and treatment to prevent mother to child transmission
|Alcohol||· Avoid alcohol. It not only damages your liver but almost all systems in body including heart, brain, pancreas and nerves. It is also a risk factor for many cancers. |
· If you still want to consume it, limit your intake. Talk to your doctor about it.
|Toxins||· Do not take medicines on your own |
· Always follow the dose and duration prescribed by the doctor for any medicine
· Control your exposure to chemicals at workplace. Follow the safety rules diligently
· Do not take herbal preparations and nutritional supplements without consulting your doctor. Everything herbal is not safe.
· Keep all medicines and chemicals away from children to prevent accidental ingestion
|Fatty Liver Disease||· Reduce weight if overweight or obese. |
· Maintain optimum weight
· Control your blood sugar, blood pressure and lipid levels
· Exercise regularly
· Have a nutritious and well-balanced diet
· Avoids food items high in sugar and fats
· Regular health checkups as per advice of your doctor
|Autoimmune||· Since the cause is not known, it is difficult to prevent it.|
Hepatitis-A vaccine schedule is as follows:
|Newborn child |
(As per Government of India Immunization Schedule)
|First dose||At birth or as early as possible within 24 hours||Hepatitis-B vaccine|
|Second dose||6 weeks||In form of pentavalent vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hemophilus Influenza Type B and Hepatitis-B)|
|Third dose||10 weeks|
|Fourth dose||14 weeks|
|Adult||First dose||–||Hepatitis-B vaccine|
|Second dose||1 month after first dose|
|Third dose||6 months after first dose|
Protect your liver. If it is damaged beyond repair, quality of life will be extremely poor and the only treatment is liver transplant.
About Ziqitza Healthcare Limited
Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL), has been one of the leading players in India’s Emergency Medical Services industry since 2005. ZHL Rajasthan& Ziqitza Rajasthan also have appreciated the Tele-Health services to provide quality healthcare services to people as per their convenience in this pandemic situation. Ziqitza is a “one-stop integrated healthcare solution” for corporate or government that include Integrated Emergency Services and Corporate Health Solutions.
The service network includes 3,300 ambulances, state of art Helpline centers and medical mobile units that services 2 customers every second in India. We work with multiple state governments and 75 corporate clients in India and Gulf. Ziqitza is winner of Global Real impact Awards and Times Social Impact Award.
Ziqitza Health Care Limited, India’s biggest emergency medical response firm, has been acquired by the MUrgency Group for a majority Stake. MUrgency Group is founded by Mr. Shaffi Mather and is backed by leading investors for various businesses ranging from business incubation, airport assistance services, quaternary medical care, reproductive & fertility medicine, e-commerce and fintech in India, UAE, and USA.
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|Children||First dose||At 1 year||Hepatitis-A vaccine|
|Second dose||12 months after first dose|
|Adult||First dose||–||Hepatitis-A vaccine|
|Second dose||6 – 12 months after first dose|