World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes place every year on July 28th, bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. In 2021 the theme is ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’.

With a person dying every 30 seconds from a hepatitis-related illness – even in the current COVID-19 crisis – we can’t wait to act on viral hepatitis.

People living with undiagnosed viral hepatitis can’t wait for testing
People living with hepatitis can’t wait for life-saving treatments
Expectant mothers can’t wait for hepatitis screening and treatment
Newborn babies can’t wait for birth dose vaccination
People affected by hepatitis can’t wait to end stigma and discrimination
Community organizations can’t wait for greater investment
Decision-makers can’t wait and must act now to make hepatitis elimination a reality through political will and funding.

Charlton Health, along with our Hepatology Team, continues to work hard to treat and eradicate Hepatitis C in our patient population.  We ask you to consider spreading the word and encourage those around you to be tested for Hepatitis C.  No one should suffer from the complications of this disease any longer!

If you or someone you know is living with Hepatitis C, referrals can be sent to Dr. Puglia here at Charlton Hepatology Program (Fax 905-522-7477.)

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Jennifer Heipel has approximately 14 years of experience working as a hepatology nurse/clinical research coordinator for several gastroenterologists, hepatologists, infectious diseases and addiction specialists. She is trained in the treatment of Hepatitis B and C therapies as well as general hepatology and pre/post liver transplant follow up. Jennifer serves as Charlton Health’s full-time Hepatology Nurse and manages the Hepatology Program. She has worked and continues to work with Dr. Puglia at McMaster University and other area Gastroenterologists to develop a comprehensive, in-house Hepatology program and Hepatitis C program here at Charlton Health.

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