Against the backdrop of rising cases of hepatitis in the state, the Edo State Government has urged residents to get vaccinated against the deadly disease.
The Director, Disease Control and Immunization, Dr. Gideon Iraoyah, said this at an event to mark the 2022 World Hepatitis Day in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State.
Iraoyah said awareness was key in the management of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that results in severe liver disease, cancer and sometimes death.
According to the Director, the state government will continue to rally stakeholders in the health sector to strengthen advocacy on the dangers of hepatitis.
He added that Hepatitis is a serious liver infection that can lead to death, noting that there is need for people to get screened to know their status and to commence immediate treatment for the people who test positive.
Iraoyah urged patients to get vaccinated against the deadly virus.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Deputy Director, Disease Control and Immunization, Dr. Eseigbe Freeborn, reiterated the importance of getting screened for Hepatitis while appealing to patients to take advantage of the free exercise to vaccinate against the deadly virus.
He noted that a three-dose vaccine schedule was being used in which a patient will receive the first dose vaccination and return a month later for the second dose while the third dose is six months after the second dose.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 91 million Africans are infected with the deadly hepatitis. In Nigeria 12.7 Nigerians are living with hepatitis B and of this number, 998,000 are children under the age of five.