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Hong Kong's achievement of hepatitis B goal verified by WHO
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - Hong Kong was this month verified by the Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) of the World Health Organization (WHO) as having successfully achieved the goal of hepatitis B control.
The Controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health (DH), Dr Thomas Tsang, explained that back in September 2005, WPRO set a time-bound goal of reducing the seroprevalence of the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) to less than 2 per cent among children aged 5 years or older by 2012, and ultimately a regional goal of less than 1 per cent HBsAg prevalence among children aged 5 years or older.
To meet WPRO's verification requirements, the DH had to provide sufficient documentary evidence, including HBsAg seroprevalence data, hepatitis B vaccine coverage data, and surveillance data on hepatitis B virus infection.A report compiled by DH was assessed by a three-member Verification Panel appointed by WPRO.http://7thspace.com/headlines/390002/hong_kongs_achievement_of_hepatitis_b_goal_verified_by_who.html