Health professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust will be raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of hepatitis by participating in a global social media campaign to mark World Hepatitis Day.
The World Health Organization has officially designated 28 July as World Hepatitis Day. The theme of the campaign against hepatitis this year is “Elimination” and organisations across the world are being encouraged to use social media to raise awareness about viral hepatitis.
People are being called on to send messages on social media platforms such as Twitter containing images of themselves with powerful short personal messages describing what they are doing starting with the words “I am” along with the #ShowYourFace hashtag.
Helen Newsham, Healthcare Support Worker in the Communicable Disease Services at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “World Hepatitis Day is a great opportunity to educate people about different hepatitis viruses and how to prevent them while also raising awareness of the infection. The World Health Organization’s campaign is focusing on individual human faces to highlight that hepatitis is relevant to everyone, everywhere in the world and that helping to eliminate it is something we can all support.
“The elimination of viral hepatitis is an individual goal for millions of men, women and children across the world. We could all, at some point, be affected by hepatitis, and we all have a part to play in achieving elimination. Hepatitis can affect anyone and is the cause of thousands of deaths a day worldwide. Knowing the facts saves lives, and getting tested is quick and simple so we are encouraging anyone who is concerned to contact us on 01257 245414.”
The Communicable Diseases Team will be at Chorley Hospital on 28 July from 10am to 2pm raising awareness about viral hepatitis. A display board will also be on display at the Minerva Health Centre in Preston from 24-29 July to provide information to members of the public.
World Hepatitis Day is led by the World Health Organization alongside World Hepatitis Alliance and takes place every year on 28 July to raise global awareness of hepatitis.
Throughout the year, the Trust’s Communicable Diseases team works with other healthcare professionals across Chorley and South Ribble and West Lancashire to help raise awareness of the disease. For any more information contact the Communicable Diseases Team on 01257 245414 or email CDTeam@lancashirecare.nhs.uk.