A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) known to be Miss Health Foundation has called on the Federal Government to make Hepatitis Vaccine free and readily available in hospitals across all states in Nigeria.
Concise News understands that the Founder of the NGO, Nick Bebiem made the call during a free screening and vaccination outreach exercise to mark the World Hepatitis Day at Asokoro, Abuja on Sunday.
World Hepatitis Day is a United Nations (UN) observance day celebrated annually on July 28 to raise awareness on the dangers of the disease, its symptoms, and available treatment options
However, this year’s theme was tagged “Find the Missing Millions” which was celebrated across the countries.
Hepatitis is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic diseases, commonly transmitted from mother to child during birth, as well as through contact with blood or other body fluids.
While speaking at the event, Bebiem said it was high time hospitals, especially federal and local government health centers, made the vaccine free and accessible to all.
He added that after a survey in some hospitals in the country, Miss Health Foundation discovered that the Hepatitis vaccine was available only once or twice in a week in some hospitals.
He expressed that the availability and wide circulation of the Hepatitis vaccine would help to reduce the spread of the ailment, he further noted that it is very necessary to raise awareness on its dangers.
Listing the five types of Hepatitis as A, B, C, D and E, he explained that “Hepatitis B has no cure and is the deadliest so it is advised that people should get the vaccination when due.”
Correspondingly, The Executive Director of the Malady Chase Foundation, an NGO, Dr. Ajis Eleazar also said that because Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C came with little or no symptoms, it is necessary to get vaccinated to prevent spread.
He said the vaccine should be free as that would encourage citizens to get tested, know their status and get vaccinated.
He added that “HBV and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) have the same mode of transmission.
“When you place the blood of a person living with HIV on a surface and place that of HBV on a different surface, the virus in the HIV blood dies before that of the HBV carrier.
“Many people are ignorant of how deadly it is, and that’s why we preach prevention rather than cure.”