Make drugs free to achieve WHO 2030 hepatitis elimination target – Expert
To achieve the World Health Organization’s, WHO, 2030 target of elimination of hepatitis, there is a need for strong political will from the government and other stakeholders to help provide free drugs for Hepatitis patients.
A Senior Registrar, Gastro/ Pathology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Osun, Uniosun, Doctor Yusuf Raheem stated this in an exclusive interview in Osogbo with Gold FM.
Doctor Raheem described hepatitis as a viral infection that affects the liver primarily, which could be contacted through unprotected sex from multiple partners, sharp objects, improperly screened blood, mother to child transmission amongst others.
The medical practitioner noted that in some cases the symptoms of Hepatitis might not manifest.
Doctor Raheem, who explained that based on a 2019 study by Nigeria HIV/AIDs Indicator and Impact Survey, the prevalence of hepatitis B is more t than Hepatitis C across the country, urged whoever possesses such signs and symptoms to visit a health care specialist.
The theme for this year’s Hepatitis Day is “bringing care for hepatitis closer to you”