Kano State government divulge its willingness towards achieving the goal of United Nation of eliminating the deadly Viral Hepatitis by reducing the new infection and mortality rate by 90 and 65% respectively through massive enlightenment campaign, vaccination and community targeted programs by 2030.
The Director-General of the State Agency for the Control of Aids, Dr Sabitu Shu’aibu Shanono made the disclosure today during the commemoration of the world Hepatitis day, celebrated worldwide, with the theme”Hepatitis Free Future” held at Sheikh Muhammad Jidda General Hospital in the State metropolitan.
Dr Sabitu Shanono said that Hepatitis is a serious viral infection that affects the liver and may cause a severe complication later in life.
He said the mode of transmission with the virus is very similar to that of HIV/AIDS and to achieve total prevention, pregnant women need to be a regular attendant of Antenatal care, to prevent mother to child transmission of the Virus, ensure childhood vaccinations, blood and injection safety as well as harm reduction service.
Dr Shanono said that as part of this year’s commemoration, the state organised an outreach where people are being tested and informed on how to prevent and treat the infection. “Those detected with the virus were immediately linked up to specialist Hospital in the state for further investigation and management.”
He Commended Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for improving the health indices toward tackling the menace of both viruses (hepatitis and HIV) especially in the times of COVID-19 pandemic by providing the needed support to the agency to carry out its mandate.
Dr Sabitu Shanono appreciated the support and cooperation of partners like the Association of medical lab scientists’ council of Nigeria Kano State chapter, and other NGOs/CBO’s for working hand in hand to achieve a successful campaign and urged individuals to also work in investing in eliminating hepatitis by presenting themselves for screening and management as appropriate.
Earlier, the state hepatitis focal person Hajiya Bilkisu Sale said the prevalence of hepatitis B in the country was 8.1 per cent totaling around 15.4 million people are positive while 1.2 per cent totalling around 2.3 million are infected with the viral hepatitis C.