1. FG unveils five-year action plan on hepatitis
The Federal Government has launched a five-year plan, in order to controlling viral hepatitis in the country. At the event, yesterday, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, represented by Director of Public Health, Dr. Evelyn Ngige, said the plan would provide a road map for eliminating the scourge though creation of awareness,
increased diagnosis and key interventions including universal vaccination, blood and injection safety, harm reduction and treatment of affected individuals. Already, Rotary International has pledged 7000 volunteers from its war against polio, to boost implementation of the strategy. According to Mr. Gbemiga Olowu, former Governor, Rotary International (District 9110), “We will bring the same zeal we put into polio into this project. Rotary will also take advantage of its Family Health Days to screen and test for hepatitis.” The Minister said though over 20 million people live with the virus in Nigeria, most are unaware and risk developing liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, and may transmit the infection to other people. He called on policy makers, health workers and the public to know their status by getting tested and, where necessary, seek treatment, to reduce needless deaths.