An awareness programme titled "Hepatitis-C: Magnitude of the problem, its prevention and role of media in Bangladesh" was organised by a pharmaceuticals company Roche at the auditorium of IDB (Islamic Development Bank) bhaban at Agargaon in the city on Saturday.
Presided over by Prof. SAR Choudhury, Medical Adviser of Roche the function was addressed by Prof. Mobin Khan, chairman Dept. of Hepatology, BSMMU (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University)as the key note speaker.
While among others editor of The Independent Mahbubul Alam, editor of The Daily Amardesh Ataus Samad, Director General of PIB (Press Institute of Bangladesh) Rezwan H Siddiqui and President of DRU( Dhaka Reporter's Unity) Safiqul Karim were present on the occasion .
They all emphasised on the necessity of creating public awareness among the people for prevention of the killer disease.
Symptoms of this virus-infected disease do not reveal within 5-10 years of being affected.
Prevention therefore, is possible only by avoiding contact with the virus.
The silent killer Hepatitis-C identified in 1989 in USA first.
People can be infected by this dangerous virus through blood transfusion, blood products: platelet, plasma, injection by contaminated syringe/ needle, sharing razors, barber, circumcision, ear piercing or tattooing, sexual contact and mother to child contamination.
However in 30 per cent cases source is unknown. HIV and Hepatitis-C has common mode of transmission.
When a person is infected by Hepatitis-C it causes destruction of liver cells, impairs digestive function, impairs metabolic function, impairs supply of energy and alters coagulation function.