Amitabh Bachchan Appointed As Goodwill Ambassador For Hepatitis By WHO

6:32 pm 12 May, 2017


It is contended that Amitabh Bachchan is appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region, by World Health Organization (WHO) today. The decision has been taken in-order to boost awareness in avoiding spread of hepatitis.

The condition is a leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis. Reacting over the decision, Mr Bachchan said, “I am absolutely committed to the cause of hepatitis. As a person living with hepatitis B, I know the pain and sufferings that hepatitis causes. No one should ever suffer from viral hepatitis.”

 


Bachchan has remained active in many public health campaigns including polio eradication and childhood immunization. The actor has been infected with hepatitis B since 1982, after he met with an accident on the sets of his film ‘Coolie’.

Though for the next 18 years since then, he depicted no symptoms of infection. After a routine checkup in year 2000, Bachchan was informed that he has lost almost 75 percent of his liver function, and is infected with hepatitis.

According to a WHO report, almost 325 million people worldwide live with chronic hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that may cause liver scarring, liver cancer and death if untreated.

 

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