Health campaign to target Mela-goers

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Hepatitis C Campaign comes to Birmingham Mela

MIDLAND Mela-goers will be offered vital information on how to combat the hepatitis C virus this weekend at the annual Birmingham Mela.

The Department of Health launched its Hepatitis C campaign earlier this year after research revealed a worrying rise in the virus amongst the South Asian community.

A blood-borne virus, hepatitis C can cause chronic infection which can lead to serious liver damage and even premature death.

Many people are unaware that they have hepatitis C, as symptoms often do not show for many years. If left untreated, it can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis or liver failure.

Those visiting joining in on the Mela festivities this weekend are being encouraged to visit the Hepatitis C campaign stand where they will be able to leave their handprint on a giant scroll alongside the prints of a number of Asian celebrities who have backed the campaign.

They will also get the chance to speak to Shabana Begum who successfully fought the virus.

TV and radio personality Ameet Chana, who is supporting this campaign said:“The best way to tackle hepatitis C is to increase awareness and understanding of the transmission routes of the infection. I’m supporting this campaign to do just that – the more you know the better.”

 

The Birmingham Mela will take place on 19th July at Kings Heath Park, Birmingham

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