- The World Hepatitis Day is marked and held annually on July 28
- A non-governmental organisation has offered free medical screening, diagnosis and treatment for over 2000 residents in Lagos
- The event was said to have been borne out of the need to complement government’s effort in providing better healthcare at the grassroots
In commemoration of this year's World Hepatitis Day held annually on July 28 to raise awareness about Hepatitis, a non-governmental organisation has offered free medical screening, diagnosis and treatment for over 2000 residents of Iwaya community in Lagos state.
NAIJ.com gathered that residents who thronged in huge number to benefit from the free medical outreach by the Habeeb Okunola Foundation, were screened and treated for diseases prevalent to Nigeria including Hepatitis, HIV, Malaria, High blood pressure, Diabetes amongst others.
A representative of the organisation, Solomon Adetokunbo, said that the event was borne out of the need to complement government’s effort in providing better healthcare at the grassroots; by identifying these diseases at the early stage and treating them before complications arise.
He further stated that hepatitis infection should not be seen as a death sentence anymore.
His words: “Treatment for the virus should be embraced by those who are infected, they can still go to work and live their lives normally during the two to three months of treatment.”
He lauded the effort of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its partners in Nigeria in raising national awareness of the disease.
The founder and executive director Mr Habeeb Okunola also urged corporate organisations and government at all levels to match their commitment with actionable investments in addressing issues related to healthcare in Nigeria, as a way of moving the country up the from the bottom position of 140 out of 195, in the global healthcare index
World Hepatitis Day is commemorated every year on July 28 to raise awareness about Hepatitis.
The theme for this year as set by WHO is, “Test. Treat. Hepatitis,” to enjoin global partners to support the call for urgent increase in testing and treatment services to reduce 1.34 million lives lost to hepatitis B and C.
Meanwhile, a medical expert, Dr Elizabeth Uzorji, has said that users of second hand clothes risk contracting candidiasis and hepatitis A, B and C.
Uzorji said that such diseases were air borne and could be contracted easily through the constant use of second hand clothes.
“Those that patronises second clothes do not have the slightest idea of who the first user was. Those selling the wares also do not take their time to wash these clothes very well before marketing them.
“So the lack of adequate information about the negative effects of these second hand clothes among our people has placed users at high risk and a major cause of concern to public health experts,” she said.
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