Hepatitis B killing Ghanaians than any other disease - Doctor reveals

Hepatitis B killing Ghanaians than any other disease - Doctor reveals

- Ghana is recording more deaths from Hepatitis B Viral (HBV) infections and its related diseases

- According to research, a mother with Hepatitis in Ghana whom he has been treating is expected to see four of her children die from Hepatitis B and its related diseases

- Dr. Amoako Duah lamented that Hepatitis B was becoming a major health concern in Ghana but he was quick to add that there was low investment from government into research in the area

A Senior Physician Specialist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has disclosed that more deaths are being recorded from Hepatitis B Viral (HBV) infections.

According to Dr. Amoako Duah, HBV and its related diseases are gradually becoming the number one killer disease in the country.

He said related diseases like liver cancer and cirrhosis are on the rise and have already caused many casualties.

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He further disclosed, rather sadly, that a mother with Hepatitis in Ghana whom he has been treating is expected to see four of her children die from Hepatitis B and its related diseases.

He stressed that one of the daughters of the said woman, aged 25, is already dead from liver cancer and another aged 33 is currently battling liver cancer.

Dr. Duah bemoaned government’s low investment into research about Hepatitis B, insisting it has become a major health concern in the country.

According to him, the government has so far failed to publish the Hepatitis B Guidelines manual or document for Ghana, with the excuse that there are no funds.

The Physician Specialist is concerned that the current manual may be rendered useless by the time it’s published, because new discoveries are constantly being made in the western world in terms of drugs and treatment methods.

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Dr. Duah was speaking at a medical forum organised by the Holy Trinity Medical Centre last Friday on the treatment, and awareness of Hepatitis B in Ghana.

He warned that people with Hepatitis B must take treatment very serious, adding that the disease is more contagious than HIV.

In 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that 257 million people were chronically infected with HBV worldwide and that 887,000 people die from complications of HBV-related liver diseases. 

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