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Gowon Flags-Off Free Hepatitis B Screening In Adamawa



Former head of state, Gen Yakubu Gowon, has flagged-off free screening and vaccination, of 5000 people, against viral hepatitis B virus which causes acute and chronic inflammations of the liver in Adamawa State.

Gowon, during the exercise at Specialist Hospital, Yola, said the project is aimed at controlling  the increasing   prevalence of the disease in the state.

He noted with concern that, out of 1500 people screened in January,150 people tested positive with hepatitis B virus, which he described as alarming  and disturbing for the state.

He urged government to implement national policies and guidelines for the control, suppression and treatment of the disease, for effective and timely control of the virus in the state.

The project, which has been conducted by Yakubu Gowon Centre with the support of PCNI, is targeted at 5000 beneficiaries in the state.

“Treatment of affected persons with hepatitis virus and administering vaccines, is the concern of Yakubu Gowon and the partners are free to curtail the scourge in the state he maintained.

The Leader of the team, Nduka Ozor, said six screening centres have been established across the state for easy access to the vaccines free of charge.

“We have established screening centres at FMC Yola, Specialist hospital, all IDP camps in the state, Lamido place, Douragi hotel  among others.

“Hepatitis B is more dangerous than HIV, you can easily contract the

virus. It is until you avail yourself for screening in one of the


before you know your status.”

Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar, commissioner for health, urged for speedy

integration of Hepatitis B into routine immunisation for adults

and children in the state.

According to her, the state has declared emergency in the health sector

to ensure health service delivery to all.

Fatima said 403 health Centres have been renovated and are working round

the clock to provide adequate health care service to the people of the state.

Mr Dhananjay Jagtap, Project Manager, Philips Pharmaceutical Nigeria

Limited, manufacturer of the vaccines, said the vaccines were subsidised

for affordability compared to the press in the United States.

Hamman Diram, PCNI Coordinator, Bello Hamman Diram, noted that Hepatitis

treament was expensive, thus the need for government intervention

support  to make it affordable to people.

According to him, PCNI has expended a lot of money  on purchase of viral

load machines, to facilitate the eradication of the  virus in the

North-East region.



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