WRITTEN BY EBELE EZEH
The State government has commenced free screening and treatment of Hepatitis.
Also on-going is the free vaccination of children in all health centres across the state and adults at subsidized rate at specified government hospitals.
Staff of Ministry of Health, partnering agency, Doctors, nurses and other health stakeholders took to the street in an aggressive awareness campaign for hepatitis.
The awareness walk which took them through the major road in Amawbia and ended at the Awka South Secretariat witnessed distribution of flyers with inscriptions get tested, vaccinated and treated.
Flagging off the screening exercise, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike described Hepatitis as the inflammation of the liver which leads to its permanent damage, especially liver cancer, adding that the exercise will be stepped down to sensational districts.
Dr. Akabuike identified Hepatitis B and C as the most dangerous types because according to him they are caused by viruses.
While referencing the Federal Government hepatitis policy on the need to institute Hepatitis programmes in the country, Dr. Akabuike expressed joy that Anambra State complied with the policy and has been vaccinating new-borns against hepatitis B
The Head of Local Government Administration, Awka South Local Government Council, Dr. Nnamdi Nwadiogbu who commended Governor Willie Obiano for the bold initiative of intervening in the health sector free of charge called on people of the council area to make maximum use of the opportunity to know their Hepatitis status
In a goodwill message, the country manager of one of their supporters, Mr. Herman Addae said the partnership will also help to improve the skill and ability of healthcare workers in the state to manage hepatitis to world best practice Presenting a paper titled “Overview of burden of Hepatitis: a perspective from Anambra State”, a consultant, Gastro Enterologist, Dr. Nneka Chukwurah said Hepatitis B or C can be contacted through sharing drug- needles, toothbrushes, and razors, with an infected person and infected person’s blood, semen or other body fluids.
On their parts, some of the screened persons, Mr. Simon Ndibe from Nibo and Mrs. Madonna Chiedozie from Amawbia thanked the state government and organizers of the free screening and treatment programme for giving them the opportunity to know their Hepatitis status.
Highpoints of the programme were free screening exercise, and immunization of children.