Channel NewsAsia (06.07.2013)
Approximately 200 world experts participated in the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of Liver (APASL) Liver Week in Singapore where officials revealed that approximately 160,000 Singaporeans—2.7 percent of the population—have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection or chronic HBV disease. HBV is the most common cause of liver disease and liver cancer in Singapore. Also, results of a National University Health System study showed that 67 percent of chronic HBV patients do not seek follow-up care although they are aware of their infection. During APASL Liver Week, the World Health Organization launched the Global Hepatitis Network, a platform where doctors, researchers, and patient groups can share information to fight the disease. APASL Liver week runs from June 6–10 and includes a congress and post-graduate courses.