Sumary of 1 in 5 adult Rohingyas infected with Hepatitis C: Study:
- The study titled, “High Prevalence of Hepatitis B and C Virus Infections Among Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: A Growing Concern for the Refugees and the Host Communities”, was published on the last week of January in Clinical Liver Disease (CLD), the journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).
- The study was conducted by the National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh (NLFB), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to prevention, treatment, education and research on liver diseases with special emphasis on viral hepatitis.
- “The consequences of this high prevalence have been silently causing liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure,” said Dr Mohammad Ali, a liver surgeon and NLFB founder who led the study.
- According to the study, Hepatitis C was found in 26 percent females and 18 percent males, while eight percent of pregnant female refugees were found to be HCV positive.
- The first one was conducted on pregnant women in 2017 and the second on general Rohingya refugees in 2019 in Cox’s Bazar.