By; RALPH OKHIRIA, Benin
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has declared that early testing for Hepatitis and an aggressive and sustained grassroots sensitisation on the danger of the disease would reduce the deaths from what experts describe as “one of the biggest global health threats of our time.”
The governor stated this on the occasion of the commemoration of World Hepatitis Day, celebrated on July 28, each year.
He assured that the Edo State’s decision to reconstruct and revamp health care centres across the state beginning with primary health care centres was informed by the need to extend modern health care services to all Edo people and residents.
The governor urged Edo people and residents to prioritise their health, which he said, “is a major feature on the wellbeing index” and explained that regular health checks at the hospital would save millions of people the troubles and much of the burden of the disease as well as deaths.
Obaseki lauded the effort of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its global partners in raising global awareness of the disease.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that “worldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost.”
World Hepatitis Day is now recognised in over 100 countries each year through events such as free screenings, poster campaigns, demonstrations, concerts, talk shows, flash mobs and vaccination drives, amongst many others.