About 10 million people living with chronic hepatitis in China will die “mostly avoidable deaths” by 2030 unless Beijing takes “urgent action” to improve access to treatment, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.
The international agency’s warning comes a day ahead of World Hepatitis Day.
According to the WHO, China has about 90 million chronic hepatitis B (HBV) sufferers. Of those, 28 million require treatment while seven million need urgent treatment because of advanced liver disease and the heightened risk of developing cancer. Another 10 million live with chronic hepatitis C (HCV), with 2.5 million in urgent need of treatment.