HK unveils plan to reduce viral hepatitis

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government released an action plan to eliminate the major public health threat of viral hepatitis by 2030, a target set by the World Health Organization, media reported on Friday.
Health Secretary Sophia Chan said the action plan is Hong Kong’s first blueprint to deal with viral hepatitis, showing that the HKSAR government attaches great importance to the prevention and control of the disease.
According to Chan, about 540,000 people are infected with hepatitis B in Hong Kong, and around 22,000 people have hepatitis C. Both illnesses can lead to chronic liver diseases, which can cause cirrhosis or even liver cancer. – Agencies