With nearly 1.5 million new infections every year, Hepatitis C is no longer a disease which can be ignored. Globally, it claims nearly 800 deaths a day, which averages out to roughly 290,000 deaths a year.
These staggering numbers could be prevented if only infectants were aware that they have the disease, however, 3 out of 4 infectants have absolutely no clue…
…and it is not entirely their fault. Hepatitis C remains a predominantly silent killer, only rearing its ugly head towards the more serious stages of infection. At that point, the damage is already done.
In the early stages of infection, there are little to no symptoms indicating that one has been infected with Hepatitis C, and this could last up to a decade. Nevertheless, did you know that an infected person still stands a chance of spreading the disease?
Symptoms will begin to develop over time, and they could look like this:
What happens when infection enters the later stages?
An infected person risks developing chronic liver diseases such as liver cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer.
Turning into this corner, treatment needed becomes more complex and chances of survival become slimmer. The longer one waits, the closer it brings them to the inevitable – death.
Is there a solution?
The reason you’re reading this article is because we have great news – there’s a solution, and it’s simple.
We need awareness on the diseases, a way to test for the disease, treat it and cure it – and this is where Malaysia Healthcare comes in. What do we have to offer?
 World Health Organization