At Least 16 Million Individuals In Nigeria Live With Chronic Viral Hepatitis – FG



The Federal Ministry of Health says no fewer than 16 million individuals in Nigeria are living with chronic Hepatitis B and C virus.

According to the ministry, the discovery is sequel to a National HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey carried out in 2018.

A representative for Viral Hepatitis Control in Nigeria, Clement Adeshigbin, said this during a training organised for health workers on how to manage the disease in Taraba State.

According to him, viral hepatitis is a silent killer and it is now globally known to be 10 times more widespread than HIV/AIDS, hence the decentralisation of its treatment in order to control it.

He adds that the choice of Taraba for the training is in view of the fact that the state has a high prevalence of 19 per cent with 2 million individuals living with the virus.

Adeshigbin insists that the state government is committed to subsidizing the treatment for patients.

Cross River Govt To Produce Vaccines For Meningitis, Hepatitis

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The Cross River State Government has revealed plans to begin production of Meningitis, Typhoid and Hepatitis vaccines to reduce importation of these vaccines from outside the country.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong told journalists on Monday in Calabar the Cross River State Capital.

According to Dr Asibong, the ongoing project when completed will help make the vaccines available across the country and also for exportation outside the country.

She added this effort will help in developing the health sector which will ensure healthy living across the board.

The Managing Director of the factory where these vaccines will be produced, Farhan Ahmade Khan, disclosed that the factory will run in April, and will employ about 200 workers for the production section.

Gowon Seeks More Awareness Campaign Against Hepatitis

Gowon Seeks More Awareness Campaign Against Hepatitis
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A former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has called for more awareness campaign against hepatitis.

General Gowon who is a goodwill ambassador for the fight against the disease said this on Sunday during a meeting with government officials in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

He made the demand when he led a delegation of the Federal Ministry of Health, Adamawa State Ministry of Health, and the Yakubu Gowon Centre to flag off the screening and immunisation exercise against hepatitis in the state.

The former military leader was received by the state governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Martins Babale, and some members of the State Executive Council at the Government House Conference Centre.

Statistics from the State Ministry of Health has shown that out of the 1500 persons recently screened for the disease, 160 of them were found to be infected – an indication that the prevalence rate in the state is very high.

The data also revealed that 20 million Nigerians are already infected with Hepatitis B, which is about 11% to 15% of the country’s population.

This prompted stakeholders to call for an urgent action to curb the disease, particularly hepatitis B and C as the effect on the country would be enormous if not well tackled.

Joining his voice, General Gowon said: “there is a need, therefore, for government to be able to help to ensure that this disease is fought successfully, especially from childhood.”

He further urged the state government to set up a team in collaboration with the Yakubu Gowon Centre and the local governments, so as to tackle the disease efficiently.

Gowo, who had earlier visited Taraba State for the same purpose, also appealed to all Nigerians of goodwill to help in curing or preventing the disease.

In his response, Mr Babale assured the former military leader that the state government would do everything possible to support the programme.

In their various remarks, the Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr Fatimar Abubakar, and State Coordinator, Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI), Hamman Diram, stressed the need to screen pregnant women of the disease.

After the meeting at the Government House, the team proceeded to the Yola Specialists Hospital to monitor the screening and immunisation exercise conducted for some patients at the facility.

Experts Identify Contaminated Food, Drug Abuse As Causes Of Hepatitis

Consumption of contaminated food, unclean water and intake of overdose drugs have been identified as the major causes of various categories of hepatitis in the human body.

This was made known by Dr. Johnson Ogunmade during an Annual Health Seminar and Get-together organized for Ogun State Ministry of Health Community Health Practitioners with the theme “Reducing prevalence of hepatitis disease: Role of Community Health Practitioners” held at NUT hall in Abeokuta the State Capital.

Ogunmade said Hepatitis A which was the commonest among the Five categories in the country was as a result of drug abuse, unclean environment and intake of contaminated food and water, adding that hepatitis B if not quickly diagnosed can kill even faster than HIV/AIDs and can easily be transmitted through body fluid.

”Hepatitis C and D can be transmitted through unprotected sex and blood transfusion respectively while that of hepatitis E could be transmitted through waterborne diseases, the symptoms to watch out for all categories hepatitis include fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, pale, stooling, abdominal pains, and loss of appetite,” he said

Charging participants to always advise their patients to imbibed good hygiene life style, maintain the cleaner environment, avoid the intake of contaminated food, washing of fruits before consumption and stay away from under cooked food, Dr. Ogunmade said that hepatitis disease can be greatly reduced when people imbibed the habit of regular hand watching.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman, National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN) Ogun State Ministry of Health Branch, Mr. Afuape Olusola said the training was aimed at eradicating hepatitis in the state, saying that to accomplish it, campaign against hepatitis must start from the Community Health workers who are closer to the rural dwellers.

According to him ” Community health workers are most close to the rural dwellers and our concerns should be on disease prevention and control if we are to achieve health for all citizens

Late Professor Olikoye Ransome Kuti said and ” Primary health will not succeed unless the Community Health workers possess the required skill, knowledge and rightly positioned to take full ownership of primary health care activities”.

Afuape said apart from the fact that hepatitis is more deadly than HIV/AIDS, the theme of the seminar “Reducing the prevalence of hepatitis disease: Role of Community Health Practitioners” has been carefully chosen to further sensitize members of the public on dangers of hepatitis.

World Hepatitis Day: Health Ministry Advocates Routine Tests, Vaccinations

The Federal Ministry of Health is advocating routine testing, vaccination as well as treatment to reduce the occurrence of Hepatitis which it believes has ravaged the nation.

The Director, Prevention and Control, AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections, at the Ministry of Health, Chukwuma Anyaike said there are approximately 19 million people with the Hepatitis B virus in Nigeria.

He said this while addressing journalists after a road walk in Abuja, to mark the 2017 World Hepatitis Day according to the World Health Organisation (W.H.O).

According to Mr Anyaike, the disease is responsible for an estimated 700 thousand deaths annually in the nation.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by the Hepatitis virus. However, other infections, toxic substances such as alcohol and intake of certain drugs, autoimmune diseases can also cause Hepatitis.

The W.H.O said in 2015 alone, over 300 million people globally suffered from the various types of Hepatitis, A, B, C, and D, leading to the deaths of an estimated 1.3 million people in the same year.

Experts, however, argue strongly that with adequate information about the disease and its mode of transmission and treatment options available, an average of seven million lives can be saved globally by the year 2030.

Nasarawa Indigents Get Free Surgeries and Screening

doctors-free-surgeriesOver 500 indigent in Nasarawa residents have benefited from free surgeries and screening under the Rapid Response Initiative.

The initiative which was conducted in the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi is in line with the federal government’s vision to reach out to 10,000 indigents across the country who cannot afford medical surgeries for various illnesses.

One hundred free surgeries were allocated to the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi and they have been conducted successfully.

In addition to the surgeries, free testing and screening was conducted to over 400 indigents to know their status on some killer diseases.

The Chief Medical Director, Dr Joshua Giyan, who underwent the surgeries himself with the help of some consultants of the clinic applauded the federal government for the initiative.

Mr Giyan also called on the people of the state especially well to do individuals to join hands to help underprivileged people in the state.

Happy with the initiative, he promises to sustain it even after the stipulated time.

“It is a step in the right direction, we are going to continue even after this. I urge all and sundry to put hands on deck and support this type of venture so that indigents will have succour in the area of health care,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries, Blessing Edache who had lumps in her breast removed successfully, expressed gratitude to the Nigerian President for such initiative.

“I thank God for making it possible for me to be alive today. I was admitted here for an operation (breast lump), I thank the President for remembering us,” she said.

Surgeries conducted include lumpectomy, inguinal herniorrhaphy, hydrocelectomy, cataract extraction, myomectomy, correction of refractive errors.

Screening for hepatitis, diabetes. prostate cancer, breast cancer were also conducted. Those found positive were counselled adequately on the next line of action.

Understanding And Preventing Viral Hepatitis

viral-hepatitisA lot more attention and funding by the various levels of government are needed to ensure that Nigeria prevents and treats cases of viral hepatitis.

According to the Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria, approximately 13 per cent or one in 10 Nigerians have chronic hepatitis.

Channels Television’s health correspondent, Yomi Otaigbe, reports that medical experts are advocating better awareness and improved services in the area of vaccination, blood and injection safety.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of the condition around the world but other infections, toxic substances such as alcohol, certain drugs and autoimmune diseases can also cause hepatitis.

There are five main hepatitis viruses referred to as types A, B, C, D and E.

There are different ways of contracting the viruses. Hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or wat while hepatitis B, C and D are usually as a result of contact with infected body fluids.

Early diagnosis of hepatitis, however, is crucial before symptoms such as pain in the belly, dark urine or jaundice begin to manifest.

The diagnosis of hepatitis is as important as its treatment. Hepatologists say the patients need support when it comes to treating the condition.

Prevention is always better than cure. While personal and food hygiene are key factors, in the case of hepatitis B, there is a vaccine.

Viral hepatitis is said to be 50 to 100 per cent more infectious than HIV.

You can know your status by getting tested.

If you are negative get the complete three doses of hepatitis B vaccine. but if positive, get prompt treatment.

Reps Call For National Policy On Hepatitis

Fed. Lawmakers Call For National Policy On HepatitisThe House of Representatives has called for a national policy on Hepatitis to reduce the burden of the disease in Nigeria.

According to the House on Thursday, coming up with a policy similar to that of HIV/AIDS would go a long way in curbing the spread of the disease.

The motion was moved by a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Gombe State, Honourable Aishatu Dukku, at the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

The Legislator further urged the Federal government to create public awareness on Hepatitis and integrate the Hepatitis B vaccine into the National Immunization Programmes.

Immigration Management Summoned

The lawmakers also summoned the management of the Nigeria Immigration Service over its refusal to give effect to the employment of families of victims of the 2014 immigration recruitment stampede.

This motion was taken after relatives of the victims staged a protest at the National Assembly over their not being compensated 18 months after the tragedy.

Nigeria Army Offers Free Medical Services To Damaturu Residents

ArmyThe Nigeria Army has flagged off a free medical service to Damaturu residents in the troubled Yobe State, North-east Nigeria.

Flagging off the free medical service, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, said that with the support of the Federal Government, the programme would be sustained to enhance the health status of the inhabitants.

The aim of the programme, according to him, is to enhance civil-military relationship. He commended the cooperation being accorded security personnel by the people of Yobe and urged the inhabitants to sustain the tempo.

Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai said that the Damaturu-Biu road that was taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents has been cleared of any danger by security forces.

The Army Chief, while expressing sadness that the people of the area, who have been law abiding and contributing to the socio-economic development of the country, were dislodged from their homes by the terrorists, stressed that apart from the road being safe, the two towns were also safe.

He said that security forces would continue to patrol of the Damaturu-Biu road so that commuters and inhabitants can live a normal life and be free from any molestation in the hands of the hoodlums.

The free medical service saw the residents benefiting from general medical consultation, screening for blood pressure, viral diseases, hepatitis and diabetes among others.

The residents were also offered free HIV test and consultations as well as general health education.

Health News: Hepatitis, Prevention And Treatment

hepatitisAbout 300 million people worldwide are estimated to be infected with Hepatitis B virus and Nigeria is not spared with an estimated prevalence of 10-15%.

What is viral Hepatitis?

How can it be transmitted? And what are the options available for its treatment and prevention?

On this week’s edition of Health News, we will be looking at Hepatitis prevention and treatment.

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