Ahmedabad, Dec 2 (IANS) Hepatitis is a “silent killer” and there is a need to draw attention of policy-makers towards increasing incidence of liver diseases, leading experts in hepatitis treatment said here Monday.
“Hepatitis is a silent killer and is far more easily transmitted than HIV,” said leading gastroenterologist Sudhanshu Patwari during the launch of the Gujarat chapter of the National Liver Foundation (NLF) here.
The NLF is a voluntary, non-profit organisation promoting awareness and prevention of liver diseases in India. It offers help, information and support to those suffering from liver diseases and their families.
“Inadequate education and awareness about the disease often results in millions of hepatitis cases going either unreported or being reported at an advanced stage,” Patwari said.
“These diseases being silent killers with long gestation periods have so far not attracted the attention of policy makers,” said Samir R. Shah, NLF founder trustee and head of the department of hepatology at Global Hospitals in Mumbai.
“Our attempt would be to draw the attention of policy-makers and draw up a comprehensive policy towards addressing the issue,” he said.
It is estimated that there are between 25 to 40 million