DUBAI, 27th July, 2023 (WAM) — The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP has stressed that hepatitis eradication has been and will continue to be a priority for the country’s healthcare system.
To this end, the authorities have developed a national plan to combat the disease, based on joint efforts of the government and private companies in the sector to strengthen control measures and ensure project continuity.
July 28 is World Hepatitis Day. The Ministry of Health stated that this global festival provides an important opportunity to raise public awareness of hepatitis, familiarize with prevention, diagnosis and treatment methods, so as to deal with hepatitis, reduce the risk of infection, and prevent hepatitis. spread.
Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Undersecretary for the Public Health Sector, said: “The Ministry of Health is committed to providing professionals in the sector with the latest information on the diagnosis of the disease and developing a comprehensive plan to prevent transmission. .Our goal is to expand access to testing, care and treatment services while applying strong policies to slow its spread, incorporating the latest global treatment practices into our approach.”
Vaccines since 1991
“In line with the Ministry of Health’s commitment to achieve the World Health Organization’s goal of eradicating hepatitis by 2030, the hepatitis B vaccine has been included in the basic vaccination requirements of the national immunization program since 1991. This approach, in order to combat the disease taken. Can lead to acute and chronic infections, putting the United Arab Emirates at the forefront of the region,” Al Rand noted.
He also noted that UAE health authorities will continue to highlight the dangers of the disease and clarify the importance of its early detection through awareness-raising initiatives and campaigns. “We are determined to realize the vision of wise leadership to promote the health of our communities and improve the quality of life for our people.”
He also added that this could be achieved by adhering to top international health practices and having a comprehensive legal system to protect society from disease.
MoHAP has implemented a comprehensive approach to address hepatitis. These include raising awareness, vaccinating tourists and health workers, and screening high-risk groups for hepatitis B and C. This is in addition to tests conducted during national pre-marital examinations, residency tests and occupational health assessments.
The agency is also stepping up efforts to achieve the global strategic goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030.
Hepatitis is part of a family of viruses that includes hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. These viruses infect millions of people worldwide and can cause acute and chronic liver disease. Transmission of these viruses typically occurs through contaminated blood or blood products or the use of infected equipment during medical procedures and surgeries.