Around 4 million Vietnamese people suffer hepatitis C

There are around 4-5 million Vietnamese people (or 6 percent of the whole population) infecting with hepatitis C.

The disease is referred to as a "silent killer" because it often has no warning signs or symptoms in the first phase, and many people are unaware that they carry the virus. Only when Hepatitis virus C causes acute and chronic infection and inflammation of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer, people then know they have it, said health experts.

With the support of Roche Corporation in Vietnam, the Tropical Disease Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City July 28 held a meeting with the theme “Screening and Control of viral hepatitis – Timely treatment” in response to World Hepatitis Day. The meeting aims at those with high risk of infection.

In addition to educational activities to raise public awareness of the disease; free-of-charge tests were conducted on 1,000 people in the hospital to detect the virus. Similar activity was also organized in the Central Tropical Disease in Hanoi.

Hepatitis C is a real threat to people in the world, especially it could lead to acute and chronic liver inflammation. According to the World Health Organization’s report in 2014, there are more than 185 million infecting with the virus and 350,000 people die of the disease each year.

One over third of hepatitis C infected people is at high risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer.

By My Hanh – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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