Honda: It's Time To Get Serious About Hepatitis B

June 22, 2010

By Rep. Mike Honda

Special to Roll Call

At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing last week, I testified to the devastating and deadly impacts of an unsuspecting disease: viral hepatitis. The fact that I was joined by Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for Health, and Dr. John Ward, director of the Viral Hepatitis Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, underscores the importance of the issue. Government oversight is a good start to getting the American public more informed, but much more is needed, according to the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, “Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and C.”