4. Early screening for Hepatitis could save your life in Rwanda—WHO

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), says although an overwhelming 400 million people around the World are infected with hepatitis B and C, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it just 1 in 100 with the disease receive treatment, and there is limited knowledge about hepatitis without which access to medication remain restricted.

Dr. Sabin Nsanzimaria, the head of HIV, Sexually transmitted infections and other blood-borne diseases at Rwanda Biomedical Center, says this is a big challenge in the fight against hepatitis, adding ‘’Some think hepatitis is the worst disease without any treatment. This is very wrong. Hepatitis B can be vaccinated against all levels, but that can only happen if people go for screening.

She also says with this high level of unawareness, people tend to live with the disease for some time, only to discover it in its advance stage, ‘’it is a common scenario in the village the same reason we need to extend services to these areas and not only in Kigali.

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