Hepatitis eradication has been and will continue to be a primary goal for the UAE’s health system, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) of the United Arab Emirates.
Therefore, in order to strengthen control measures and guarantee the continuity of beneficial activities, MoHAP has devised a nationwide program to combat the disease. This program is a joint effort by the public and private healthcare sectors.
On Friday, the world observed World Hepatitis Day. According to the ministry, this is a crucial time to increase public awareness of the illness and educate people about how to prevent hepatitis, identify it, and treat it as well as lower the risk of infection and stop transmission.
Dr. Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Public Health Sector, spoke on the occasion and stated: “The Ministry of Health is committed to providing healthcare professionals with the most up-to-date disease diagnosis protocols and developing thorough plans to prevent transmission. While implementing strict regulations to stop its spread, we seek to expand the availability of testing, care, and treatment services. We do this by incorporating the most recent international treatment techniques into our strategy.
Vaccinations since 1991
He added: “The hepatitis B vaccine has been part of the National Immunization Program’s core immunization requirement since 1991, in keeping with the ministry’s commitment to reaching the World Health Organization’s goal of eradicating hepatitis by 2030. The UAE is leading the area in adopting such preventative measures thanks to this proactive strategy used to combat an infectious disease that can cause acute and chronic infections.
Al Rand continued by saying that through efforts and awareness campaigns, the UAE health authorities would keep bringing attention to the disease’s dangers and emphasizing the value of early detection. “We are committed to fostering community health and improving people’s quality of life in order to realize the vision of our wise leadership.”
He continued by saying that this might be accomplished by following the best worldwide medical standards and creating a thorough legal framework to safeguard society against diseases.
The MoHAP has put in place extensive hepatitis prevention measures. Raising awareness, immunizing travelers and healthcare professionals, and implementing hepatitis B and C testing for people most at risk are a few of these. Additionally, screenings are being implemented nationwide during premarital exams, residency exams, and occupational health assessments. Additionally, it is working harder to achieve the goals of the worldwide strategy to end viral hepatitis by 2030.
Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E are all members of the same virus family as hepatitis. These viruses cause acute and chronic liver damage in millions of people around the world. These viruses are often spread by contaminated blood or blood products, or by using contaminated equipment during operations and medical procedures.