Corps Dr Urges FG to Establish National Agency for Hepatitis

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By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna.
A Youth Corps Member serving with Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa Memorial Hospital, Kafanchan, Kaduna State,  Dr. Ativie Dominic, has called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency establish a national agency of Hepatitis to arrest the disease that is becoming alarming in the country.
He noted that during his youth service in Kafanchan,  he had discovered that about 45 per cent of the people of Southern Kaduna are suffering from the disease.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of his free medical outreach to six (6) communities in Jema’a local government area of the state, Dr. Dominic noted, “There are strong indications that other people in other local government areas in the state may be suffering from the same disease, hence there is the need for federal government’s attention to arrest the situation.”
He explained that in the six communities where the medical outreach was carried out, about 4,000 persons were screened and treated, stressing that they received medication to their illness.
He added, “Those for serious illness that require surgery have been advised to visit the hospital for further necessary action.”
Dr Dominic observed that the number of those suffering from Hepatitis in Southern Kaduna was pathetic, pointing out that something urgent needs to be done to address the ugly situation before it gets out of hand.
He explained that during the medical outreach, over 2,000 persons were discovered to have been infected with malaria, advising that the Kaduna State government should ensure quarterly fumigation of all the local government areas in the state to save the people of any outbreak of malaria in the state.

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