Nasarawa State Authorities has introduced that about 18,429 residents of the state have examined positive for viral Hepatitis B and C.
Talking at a press briefing held in commemoration of the 2022 World Hepatitis Day tagged ‘Bringing Hepatitis Care Nearer to You’, in Lafia on Thursday July 28, Nasarawa state Commissioner for Well being, Pharm. Ahmed Yahaya mentioned a complete of 181,946 residents have been screened however 18,429 examined positive for the illness.
Yahaya additionally revealed that a number of the contaminated individuals are presently taking therapies in authorities hospitals throughout the 13 Native Authorities Areas of the state.
“The World Hepatitis Day, is a day put aside by the World Well being Group to acknowledge viral Hepatitis as a world Public Well being Problem. It’s commemorated each twenty eighth day of July as a way to improve the visibility of this illness and appeal to extra assets for the battle in opposition to it, in addition to to convey succor to the individuals affected by the viral Hepatitis whereas aiming to curb its unfold.
“In Africa, it’s estimated that about 15-60% of regular inhabitants reside with both HBV or HCV, whereas the nationwide burden for HBV & HCV stands at 8.1% & 1.1% respectively (NATIS. 2018). The Nasarawa state burden stood at about 16% & 13.2% seroprevalence for HBV & HCV respectively.
“Nasarawa state below the management of Governor Abdullahi Sule, in February 2020 expressed dedication to the elimination of Viral Hepatitis via the implementation of a five-year strategic plan with a goal of treating 124,000 individuals in keeping with the Nasarawa Financial Growth Technique, focused at enhancing human capability growth.”
“The state clearly displays a disproportionately excessive prevalence of Hepatitis B & C as in comparison with the nationwide common. It’s the excessive burden of this dreaded illness within the state that led the state Ministry of Well being with help from the Clinton Well being Entry Initiative to ascertain the State’s Viral Hepatitis Management Program, creating an enabling coverage surroundings to drive entry to HBV/HCV diagnostic and remedy providers.”
Yahaya concluded by saying that the state authorities created testing centres throughout the 13 LGAs for mass neighborhood screening as a way to curb the illness.
“I name on most of the people to avail themselves to be examined for HBV and HCV, and keep away from the usage of unsterilised sharp objects, sharing of needles/syringes, and the transfusion of unscreened blood/blood merchandise.
“I additionally wish to enchantment to all residents of the state to unfold the Hepatitis message extensively and emphasise on the adoption of preventive measures that may cut back the additional unfold of the illness.”