While four to seven percent people in Bangladesh are affected by the hepatitis B virus (HBV), two-thirds of acute hepatitis cases are caused by the hepatitis A and E viruses and almost 3.5 percent of the country’s pregnant women carrying the disease, said National Professor MR Khan yesterday.
Prof Khan, founder director and chairman of Institute of Child Health and Shishu Hospital, was addressing the third International Hepatology Conference at the Hotel Sonargaon in the capital.
Some 2,000 participants from home and abroad are attending the conference that began on Wednesday.
Prof Mobin Khan, president of Hepatology Society Dhaka, Bangladesh, said the management of the chronic HBV infection has improved in the country in the past 15 years.
Professor Ching-Lung Lai of the University of Hong Kong said: “The ultimate aim of the treatment of chronic hepatitis B is to decrease the development of complications.”
The disease is transmitted by contaminated food and water. Maintaining personal hygiene is the key to prevent the spread, he said.
Around 350 million people in the world are chronically infected by Hepatitis B virus (HBV). Almost 75% of the affected people are living in the Asia-Pacific region.
Hepatology Society Executive Committee Member Prof Dr Md Abu Sayeed, Vice President Prof AKM Khorshed Alam, and General Secretary Dr M Motahar Hossain, among others, spoke at the occasion.