Since the introduction of the universal hepatitis B vaccination programme in 1987, the incidence of new cases of hepatitis B infection has significantly declined to the current rate of less than one percent based on studies among blood donors. A similar decline is also seen in hepatitis C infection through better case identifications and treatment. This was shared by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, the Minister of Health during the 'Gastroenterology Symposium 2019' yesterday morning.

According to Yang Berhormat Minister of Health, there is a need to strengthen surveillance of acute hepatitis, chronic infections and sequelae to understand the impact of interventions on incidence and prevalence of viral hepatitis in Brunei Darussalam.

The symposium continued with several talks delivered by experts and medical officers from Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital and Suri Seri Begawan Hospital. This includes the talk entitled 'Eliminating Hepatitis by 2030' by Doctor Chan Po Lin, invited speaker from the World Health Organisation, WHO, that among other matters touched on the steps taken by the world health community including Brunei Darussalam. The one-day symposium was organised by the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.

Source: Radio Television Brunei