The prevalence rate of hepatitis B (HBV) in Bangladesh is 5.1%, while that for hepatitis C (HCV) is 0.2%
According to a survey conducted by the Hepatology Society, about 10 million people in Bangladesh are infected with either hepatitis B or C.
The prevalence rate of hepatitis B (HBV) in Bangladesh is 5.1%, while that for hepatitis C (HCV) is 0.2%, said Hepatology Society President Prof Mobin Khan as quoted by BSS.
As per the prevalence rates, about 8.5 million people are carriers of HBV, while 1 in 500 people have HCV, he added.
Today, the global community is set to observe World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness of the deadly virus. The day is observed every year on July 28.
Hepatology Society General Secretary Shahinul Alam said 60% of cases of liver cirrhosis in Bangladesh were caused by HBV, while 30% was due to HCV. Furthermore, 65% of liver cancer cases were caused by HBV, while 17% were caused by HCV.
National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh Secretary General Prof Mohammad Ali said it was astonishing that 9 out of 10 people infected with hepatitis were unaware that they had the virus.
“The population with hepatitis who are unaware are not only increasing the risk of liver cancer and cirrhosis for themselves, they are also silently transmitting the virus to others in various ways,” he added.
Viral hepatitis causes about 1.34 million deaths each year.