*asks stakeholders to join hands in achieving global elimination by 2030
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Bashir Bello on Tuesday tasked stakeholders to join hands with government in achieving global elimination of hepatitis by 2030
Dr Bello made the call while addressing a press conference to flag off Community Testing and Awareness creation on Hepatitis to mark the year 2020 World Hepatitis Day.
According to the Health Commissioner, viral hepatitis alone causes more than one million deaths yearly across the world, adding that the commemoration of the 2020 World Hepatitis Day is meant to raise awareness of the problem of viral hepatitis”.
The Commissioner maintained that Viral Hepatitis ” is an inflammation of the liver that causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer that its impact is more than 325 million people worldwide”
He emphasized that the theme for this years World Health Organization (WHO) Hepatitis Day is to among others find the missing millions and preventing infections among newborns as well as ” to create an opportunity to educate people about the burden of the infections and what people need to do to prevent the infections”
“Health is one of the major basic pillar of this current administration, that is why the governor pay full attention to it and gives it necessary support, prevention of disease is part of the program of the state government,” he said..
Dr Bello added that as a way of curbing hepatitis, the present administration in Oyo state has made preventive health one of the top priority of the present administration by collaborating with technical partners (UNICF and WHO) provides financial and technical assistance for immunization programs of which hepatitis B is among for the children
On the call on stakeholders to join hands with the government in the fight against viral hepatitis B and work closely as a team towards improving community awareness of the different forms of hepatitis as well as how they are transmitted, strengthen prevention, ensuring wide spread screening and linkage to care which is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve global elimination goal by 2030
Representative of Association for Orphans and Vulnerable Children NGOs in Nigeria (AONN) Pastor Marcus Williams while speaking said the aim of the program was to support Oyo state government through the Minstry of Heath to work towards ensuring that hepatitis B is eradicated in the state
Pastor Williams stressed that hepatitis B can affect children in growing up to be adult and that children are very important in community development and sustainability of the future, but AONN shall continue to throw our weight behind the stats government to ensure that hepatitis B is ersdiated in Oyo State.
“AONN is in partnership with APIN Public Health Initiative in supporting the state government through the Ministry of health to ensure that free testing is conducted in Ibadan North Local Government of Oyo State, and this will the basis of the test in other local Government in the state and this will gives more awareness to the people about the dangers of hepatitis B as well as been have access to testing”