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2021 World Hepatitis Day: Many People Live With the Virus, Not Aware – Consultant


A Consultant Gastroenterologist, Professor of Medicine, Bayero University Kano, Adamu Alhaji Samaila has stressed the need for individuals to present themselves for proper medical screening with a view to ascertaining their hepatitis status.

Professor Alhaji Samaila made the disclosure while briefing Journalists during 1 day sensitization training for Healthcare Workers on Viral of Hepatitis which organised by the Kano State Agency for Control of Aids, in commemoration of 2021 World Hepatitis Day.

He said the theme
of this year’s event is: ‘Hepatitis Can’t wait’ explaining that people living with the viral hepatitis unaware can’t wait for testing and similarly people living with the virus can’t wait for the life saving treatments

” Expectant Mothers can’t wait for hepatitis screening and treatment, newborn babies can’t wait for birth dose vaccination

The Consultant lamented that majority of people across the globe don’t know that they are positive until the damage have been occurred to the liver saying that is why hepatitis is widely known as killer disease.

He stated the significance of regular screening to detect the virus at early stage.

” So far someone live with virus, may not feel the symptoms if the liver is not damage.

” where as the liver affected with the hipatitis you can observe the following symptoms: yellow of the eyes that jaundice, liver enlarged, urine turn to yellow colour, swollen of the tummy and feet all these symptoms occurred because of the malfunction of liver”

Professor Alhaji maintained that if the virus doesn’t handle so early, it will develop so stiff liver cirrhosis and cancer.

He called on policy makers to act now with a view of eliminating hepatitis through a real political will and funding

Earlier in his welcome address, Director General, Kano State Agency for the Control of Aids, Dr. Sabitu Y. Shanono explained that 9 in 10 people living with the virus hepatitis are unaware.

He called on people across the state to take actions by raising awareness to successfully eliminate rising scourge of the ailments.

He enjoined the participants to step down the training for the benefit of other health workers in the facilities .


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