Thursday 28 July 2022


By: Wilson Bako (Lafia),

A total number of 18,429 out of 181,946 persons have tested positive to Hepatitis test conducted on them in Nasarawa State.

The State Commissioner of Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahya, disclosed this at a Press Conference in Lafia, yesterday.

Pharmacist Yahya, who said the press conference was part of activities lined up to mark the “World Hepatitis Day”, further explained that, the State Government had in February, 2020, committed to the elimination of viral Hepatitis through the implementation of a “Five Strategic Plan”, with the aim of treating a total of 124,000 persons, within a period of Five years.

He stated that, “such an initiative was in line with the State Economic Empowerment Development Strategy (NEEDS) directed at improving human capacity development.

The Commissioner maintained that, the government policy thrust to curb the disease include amongst others, “avoiding the use of unsterilized sharp objects, transfusion of unscreened blood products, improve vaccination, particularly birth dose of immunization of new born and early identification and prompt treatment”.

Pharmacist Yahya, also disclosed that, his Ministry has earmarked upon series of activities which include, road walk, Radio and TV Health talks as well as mass community screening at designated communities.

He appealed to members of the public to avail themselves for the testing opportunity.


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