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In Awka, Health Commissioner, Rotarians mark hepatitis day



… Advocates early detection

ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okpala has advocated  early detection of hepatitis as one sure way of managing the virus.

  Speaking during a press conference held in his office to mark this year’s World Hepatitis Day, the commissioner said “there are about 21.8 million individuals with hepatitis B and about 38,000 deaths globally. Also, there are about 11 million individuals infected with hepatitis C and about 8000 deaths per annum.”

  Dr. Okpala further stated that of the five types of hepatitis, A, B,C,D, and E, emphasis is laid more on hepatitis B and C for obvious reasons.

  “The World Hepatitis Day is the best accessible platform for spreading awareness messages and ensuring people get to know their status, especially the most at risk thereby making Anambra State hepatitis-free.” He concluded by saying that the fight against hepatitis is everyone’s responsibility.

  On their part, Rotary Clubs in Awka as a way of drawing attention to the deadly virus and marking the day, took the message of the hepatitis to the people by engaging in a three kilometer walk through major roads in Awka.

  In their separate remarks, Presidents Chidi Obiudu, Somadina Okwelugo and Blaise Nnadozie of Rotary clubs of Awka-Smithtown, Awka GRA, and Awka, respectively, said essence of the walk was to let people know that hepatitis is deadly and need for residents to know their status.

  This year’s celebration was tagged ‘Find the Missing Millions’.

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