July 14, 2014
Each Year 1.4 Million of the World Population Died Due to Hepatitis
SOHO #BetterU: World Hepatitis Day

JAKARTA (15/07) – Hepatitis virus, a communicable disease group known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, giving impact to hundreds of million people all over the world, causing acute and chronic liver diseases and killing around 1.4 million people each year. But unfortunately, people’s knowledge with regard to hepatitis is still limited and tends to ignore hepatitis disease. This is because, largely chronic hepatitis diseases emerge with no symptoms at all, thus education and early detection are needed to prevent the development of hepatitis. This was presented by dr. Irsan Hasan SpPD-KGEH, RSCM Gastroenterohepatology Consultant, during the event of SOHO #BetterU: World Hepatitis Day, in Jakarta (15/07). SOHO #BetterU is a health education serial program conducted by SOHO Global Health pharmaceutical company. 

Hepatitis is an inflammation that emerges on the liver organ. This condition can heal itself or develop to become fibrosis (scar tissue), cirrhosis or liver cancer. It should be noted, the death rate to cirrhosis and liver cancer is quite high, and besides that, treatment of these two complications is quite difficult. Dr Irsan explained that hepatitis virus is the most common cause of hepatitis disease in the world. But, other causes such as toxic substances (for example alcohol or certain drugs), fatty liver and other autoimun diseases may also cause hepatitis. With regard to the prevalence of hepatitis in Indonesia, dr Irsan stressed, one out of ten Indonesian communities has hepatitis.

dr Irsan explained the symptoms that can be found on hepatitis patients are among others, fever, listless, loss of appetite, nausea, pain on upper right abdomen and accompanied by brown colored urine which is then followed by icterus (yellow color on skin and/or eye sclera due to the high bilirubin in the blood). Hepatitis can also occur with no appearance of symptoms (assymptomatis). On hepatitis types B, C and, virus can be transmitted through sexual intercourse and through the blood. While on hepatitis A and E, virus can be transmitted through orofecal (transmission route of disease from feces to mouth).

In hepatitis disease treatment therapy, many herbal medicines are used to support the therapy, but this is because of its function to protect and recover the liver. dr Irsan put as example, curcumin and sylmarin are herbal medicines that are frequently used. The advantages of these two herbs are much publicized in scientific journals.

Curcumin is a yellow colored active substance found in turmeric. In treatment of hepatitis, curcumin has the effect of anti-oxidant, anti-inflammation (anti swelling) and anti-fibrosis. While sylmarin is an extract from the milk thistle plant which is a seasonal plant in Europe and has been used for more than 2,000 years to overcome bile and liver diseases. In treating hepatitis, sylmarin has a strong anti-oxidant effect, cell regeneration and preventing damage of liver cells.

For information, 28 July was selected as World Hepatitis Day to honor the birthday of the Noble Prize Winner Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg, founder of hepatitis B virus.

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