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Hepatitis-free Future: WHO Recommends Vaccination of Kids, Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission
Category :- Health Author :- N Gelmin S 
Posted on July 28, 2020, 8:35 am
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Commemorating World Hepatitis Day under the theme “Hepatitis-free Future”, the World Health Organization (WHO) has put up measures towards the elimination of the disease in the near future. The Director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a briefing on Monday July 27th, 2020 said the organ is celebrating a drop in the infection of children under five in 2019.

World Hepatitis Day, July 28th

While health research so far, shows that the disease can be transmitted from child to mother, the WHO is urging nations worldwide to engage in the vaccination of children below five with additional two doses as the child grows up. For the organ, tackling newborn babies can be a giant step to ensuring a “hepatitis-free future”

“Ahead of the World Hepatitis Day, we’re celebrating that the proportion of children under-5, chronically infected with hepatitis B dropped to under 1% in 2019 because of an effective vaccine. This also means there’ll be a dramatic reduction in liver cancer and cirrhosis in future Gens,” Dr. Tedros tweeted

Meanwhile, the organ recommends that for a “Hepatitis-free Future” nations should; prevent infection among newborns, stop mother to child transmission, leave no one behind, expand access to testing and treatment and to maintain essential hepatitis services during COVID-19.

Hepatitis B birth vaccination

What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis in general is a condition in the human system characterized by neurological symptoms usually generating from the distortion of the liver, which acts like a filter in the human body.

As a filter, when infected, the liver is unable to select toxin out of the body. Left in the body, these toxins circulate and can cause physical or mental disorder if they come in contact with the brain.

After some research conducted by a host of different universities, it was discovered that a dysfunction of the liver provokes cerebral molecular disturbances in two weeks, even without any physical manifestations.

Going by a step-by-step view of the viral diseases, its symptoms depend on the state or cause of the liver damage;

Sweet-smelling breath, Short term memory loss, anxiety, changes in personality, slow movement, extreme sleepiness and tremors. When chronic, it could cause a patient to go into a comma, 

Hepatitis testing and vaccination, treatment   

What exactly causes Hepatitis?

Since the disease is as a result of liver damage, it is important to not the different factors that can enhance the destruction of this very vital part of the human stomach.

As a filtration organ, the liver needs to remain hydrated in other to better perform its role in the human system. Dehydration or lack of enough water in the body can cause the liver to be less moist or dehydrated there by limiting its capability of eliminating toxins from the body.

The human body functions with the help of some chemical substances called electrolytes.  When there is a deficiency in the amount of electrolytes (electrolyte imbalance) in the body, it may fail to perfectly regulate the system. Some of these electrolytes includes; calcium, potassium, and sodium among others which can result from poor nutrition.

In as much as the body needs some substances, excessive intake of some might cause health issues. The liver can be damaged by excess protein in the body as well as some medications or herbal supplements which consequently cause hepatitis.

However, there are high chances of transmission from child to mother during birth as well as from one person to another through body fluids.

How then can this disease be avoided?

As recommended by the WHO and other health experts, vaccination against hepatitis A and B has proven to be the best assurance of a health liver.


Staying away from hepatitis requires the regulation of one’s life style. Health experts advice that people should eat healthy, avoid excess alcohol, maintain a healthy weight through regular exercises.

According to the data published by the WHO, about 325 million people have the disease worldwide. Meanwhile, 71 million people are diagnosed with either hepatitis B or C in Africa with just less than 1 of 10 persons giving access to testing and treatment.

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