01 Aug 2023
Combating Hepatitis B and C: A Lifelong Commitment to Health
This article aims to raise awareness about Hepatitis B and C and the initiatives taken by the Dubai Health Authorities (DHA) to eradicate these diseases from the Emirate of Dubai.
Hepatitis B and C are viral infections that can lead to severe liver disease and lifelong infections if left untreated. It is crucial to understand the risks, take preventive measures, know your status, and, if necessary, seek medical care from an experienced healthcare provider. This article aims to raise awareness about Hepatitis B and C and the initiatives taken by the Dubai Health Authorities (DHA) to eradicate these diseases from the Emirate of Dubai.
Understanding Hepatitis B and C
Hepatitis B and C are liver infections caused by the hepatitis B and C viruses. These infections can lead to severe liver diseases such as cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. Hepatitis B is transmitted through contact with infected blood, semen, or other body fluids, while Hepatitis C is mainly transmitted through infected blood.
Prevention is Key
Preventing Hepatitis B and C involves several steps:
Getting vaccinated for Hepatitis B
Avoiding sharing needles or other drug paraphernalia
Practicing safe sex
Avoiding contact with infected blood or body fluids
Following standard precautions in healthcare settings
Knowing Your Status
It is essential to get tested for Hepatitis B and C to know your status. Early detection can lead to early treatment, which can prevent the development of severe liver disease.
Treatment and Medical Care
Treatment for Hepatitis B and C involves antiviral medications that can stop the virus from replicating and prevent liver damage. It is essential to seek medical care from a healthcare provider experienced in treating Hepatitis.
Dubai Health Authorities Initiatives
In alignment with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the Dubai Standards of Care, the Dubai Health Insurance Corporation (DHIC) under DHA launched the Patient Support Programs on 1st January 2018. This program includes the Basmah program and the Hepatitis Program.
Basmah Program: This program covers Colorectal Cancer, Breast Cancer, and Cervical Cancer, with the objective of reducing cancer mortality through awareness and early detection in the Emirate of Dubai.
Hepatitis Program: This program covers Hepatitis B and C with the objective of eradicating Hepatitis from the Emirate of Dubai.
Hepatitis B and C are severe infections that can lead to lifelong infections and severe liver disease if left untreated. It is essential to understand the risks, take preventive measures, know your status, and seek medical care if necessary. The initiatives taken by the Dubai Health Authorities, such as the Patient Support Programs, are crucial steps towards eradicating Hepatitis from the Emirate of Dubai. Let us all take part in this fight against Hepatitis by taking the necessary precautions, getting tested, and seeking treatment if necessary. Together, we can create a Hepatitis-free future.