Around six to seven percent of the total population
in Bangladesh are carrying Hepatitis B virus. The disease is curable if detected,
Physicians disclosed at a press conference held in Bangledesh on Thursday.
Hepatitis B, a serious infectious disease which is hundred times more infectious
than HIV, is caused by a virus and finally damages the liver of a man. It claims
one million lives every year across the world.
Hepatitis B infects patients through infected blood transfusion, drug abuses,
sex abuses, or accidental needle-stick injuries, experts said at the press
conference organized by Glaxo-Wellcome Bangladesh on the eve of a
three-day Hepatitis B Awareness Program.
"Three out of every 10 Hepatitis B-infected patients suffer from liver damage
which gradually push the patients toward death if the disease was not treated
properly," Managing Director of Glaxo-Wellcome Bangladesh, Syed Fazlul Huq said.
Prevention should be the number one measure to get rid of the disease, he said,
proposing for introduction of Hepatitis B vaccination and creation of mass
awareness of the disease in the country.
"World Health Organization should fund Bangladesh for immediate introduction of
Universal Vaccination Program in the country," he noted.