FG Adopts Strict Measures To Eliminate Hepatitis In Nigeria
Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole has expressed concern over the number of Nigerians affected with the Hepatitis Virus in the country.
The minister stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at media conference to commemorate the 2017 world Hepatitis Day.
Prof. Adewole who said the awareness would educate Nigerians on the dangers and prevention of the disease emphasized that hepatitis has killed more people compared to HIV/AIDS.
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According to the minister, Hepatitis is very dangerous as it affects the liver without weighty symptoms until it caused serious damage which leads to chronic liver disease, liver cancer and untimely death.
He therefore urged Nigerians to take their health seriously and visit their doctors whenever they are sick. Adding that the commencement of free treatment for poor people with the disease by the federal government continues.
In a remark, The Ambassador, Viral Hepatitis Control, General Yakubu Gowon who was represented by Mr. Adeniyi Ajayi said the Yakubu Gowon center was currently partnering the National AIDS/STDS Control Programme that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis B (HBC) and C (HCV) in Nigeria.
In a goodwill message, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Nigeria Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu said the theme for this year’s celebration “Eliminate Hepatitis” reflects commitments made by countries at the 2016 World Health Assembly to accelerate progress towards eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.
According to the 2107 Global Hepatitis Report, 70 out the approximately world’s 325 Million People living with chronic hepatitis B Virus or Hepatitis C Virus infection are in Africa Region.
The Civil Society Network therefore called on the federal state governments to make testing and vaccine affordable and available for Nigerians.