On July 28, World Hepatitis Day was commemorated
Ministry of Health
Armenia, August 1, 2018. According to the World Health Organization, WHO, hepatitis B and C are affecting 325,000,000 people worldwide and produce approximately 1,034,000 deaths per year. These infections are chronic and may not show symptoms for years, which leads to a late diagnosis and the most serious outcome is liver cancer.
So far in 2018, in Armenia, have been reported by of information systems 33 cases of the disease. In the immediately previous year there were 48. The highest number of affected people is men.
Different actions are being carried out by the health unit around the prevention of this disease in a vulnerable population, trying to take this group to tests rapid tests for hepatitis that help determine the presence of the disease initially. Through the Listening Center, 124 rapid tests have been applied, of which 60 have been positive for hepatitis C. Subsequently these patients have been sent to their respective EPS for a confirmatory examination.
Hepatitis can be contracted in different ways: the first one is perinatal, from mother to child during childbirth; the second is for the shared use of items such as syringes or sharps; or through unprotected bad.
The main protective measures to prevent the onset of hepatitis are related to the hepatitis vaccine, which is included in the regular scheme for children up to 6 years of age. It is recommended that, in adulthood, reinforcement be applied in a particular way to strengthen the previous vaccine. Likewise, protection is necessary when having bad, the use of condoms and a single partner. It is also recommended not to share items such as toothbrushes, razors and avoid the use of syringes between 2 or more people.