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Seminar held to raise awareness on Hepatitis

Dr Christina Rundi
Dr Christina Rundi

KOTA KINABALU: A seminar has been held to expose doctors of Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Hepatitis B and C.

The one-day programme was organized by the hospital with the collaboration of International Coalition of Hepatology Education Providers (IC-HEP).

Sabah Health Director, Dr. Christina Rundi, said the seminar is to raise awareness among doctors on the urgency for treating the diseases.

“This seminar includes speeches and discussion on the disease and speakers were specially invited from IC-HEP,” she said when met by the media.

Awareness on the importance to treat the disease is vital in reducing contraction cases among the public.

The Malaysian Health Ministry has also carries out screening process for the public and found that there is an increase for the numbers of individuals affected by Hepatitis, she stressed, adding that Hepatitis damages the liver organ and can lead to death.

Despite the increase of cases for the contagious disease, she explained that it can be prevented from getting worse.

“In handling this problem, vaccines are given to babies to prevent them from getting the disease, and those who have yet to receive the immunization, should come forward to receive it.

“We hope the public can be protected through vaccination and ensure their children to receive it as well,” she added.

Christina also advises community members to practice healthy lifestyles and avoid any activity that pose risks for them to contract the disease.

Regarding on the participants at the programme, she hopes that they will increase their knowledge and expertise in order to help the public and patients to understand the danger of Hepatitis. -SayangSabah


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