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.”
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.