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Eliminating viral hepatitis – is India ready for the challenge?

Viral hepatitis affects 400 million people globally. Every year 6–10 million people are newly infected. But almost all those infected, as many as 90 per cent, are not aware of their infection. New treatments can now successfully treat almost all hepatitis C infections in just three to six months. Only a few years ago, hepatitis C was a killer disease. This is why a new campaign to eradicate viral hepatitis by 2030 has been launched on World Hepatitis Day this year. For India, addressing the emerging problem of viral hepatitis, raising awareness, screening and treating the many millions infected, will test its commitment to public health to the limit.

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