The World Health Organization (WHO) announced at the the meeting held in Hanoi yesterday to mark the World Hepatitis Day ( on July 28) that over 20 million Vietnamese people infected with hepatitis B and C.
As per WHO's statistics, Vietnam is one of nine nations in the Southeast Asia having the most rate of hepatitis. The rate of hepatitis B accounts for 10 percent of the whole country's population, even some districts having up to 20 percent and the rate of hepatitis C is ranging from 2 percent to 6 percent of the population.
Accordingly, the country has more than 20 million people infected with hepatitis B and C and 8 million are living with hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Liver cancer causes 22,000 deaths every year. As a result, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long asked related agencies in the health sector to well implement the program to prevent and fight against the liver virus for the period 2015-2019 issued by the Ministry.
In addition, related agencies must increase information to raise people's awareness of the danger of hepatitis virus and the way of transmitting as well as preventing the virus and taking care of people living with hepatitis B and C.