Experts advocate integration of Hepatitis B, C intervention into HIV programme
At a 3-day workshop organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS) in collaboration with West Africa Infectious Disease Control Institute (WAIDI) and National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Stakeholders and advocates who gave the advice in Abuja,
said that The Federal Government has been advised to integrate Hepatitis B and C intervention into the HIV programme, and insisted that the integration of Hepatitis B and C intervention is the only way forward in the management of HIV-Hepatitis co-infections in Nigeria. This, according to them, will enhance and fast-track the fight against the disease in the Nigeria. The stakeholders, however, recommended the inclusion of vaccination for new born babies of the people living with HIV/AIDS, universal Hepatitis screening (HBC and HCV) for all HIV positive patients, provision of Hepatitis B and C treatment programmes for general population and HIV patients. Other recommendations include the integration of Hepatitis into already existing HIV, TB, Malaria programmes and other programmes; spread funding as well as integration of Hepatitis testing in National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS) such as antenatal care, HIV care, school health, youth and adolescent health.