SENATOR Risa Hontiveros on Monday stated it was time to end the “stigma” surrounding Hepatitis.
Hontiveros expressed considerations over the discrimination against folks affected by Hepatitis B and C with a few of them reportedly being denied work regardless of the illness’s low threat of transmission.
Hepatitis is an irritation of the liver.
“All individuals deserve the right to proper health care and opportunities to create a better quality of life,” Hontiveros stated.
There are an estimated 7.three million Filipinos affected by Hepatitis B which is transmitted by blood transfusion or [email protected] contact with contaminated individual.
She stated that Hepatitis B and C are illnesses “with low risk of transmission, and medical technology and knowledge exists for its prevention.”
Hontiveros, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health, filed Senate Bill 1520 designed to defend Hepatitis sufferers against discrimination.
SB 1520 or the “Bloodborne Viral Hepatitis Testing Act of 2017” seeks to penalize discriminatory acts against individuals who undergo from Hepatitis B and C, notably the denial of employment or promotion.
The invoice additionally penalizes different discriminatory acts corresponding to exclusion from well being, accident or life insurance coverage based mostly on being examined constructive for Hepatitis.