Hepatitis is fast becoming one of the most prevalent illnesses in Nigeria, with Hepatitis B being the most common type in the country; hence, it is important for people to get tested to know their status for Hepatitis, especially as the disease is known to cause liver damage and enlargement.
The South-West Zonal Programmes Officer, Viral Hepatitis Association of Nigeria, Mr Gabriel Ademola, while sensitising members of Staff of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, noted that the Association is a Non-Governmental Organisation established for the prevention, awareness and treatment of hepatitis.
Mr Ademola noted that the life threatening liver disease can be transmitted from person to person through contact with blood or any other major body fluid of an infected person, that is, through sex, contaminated sharp piercing objects or kissing.
The VHAN Zonal Programmes Coordinator in the South-West further explained that Hepatitis B is absolutely preventable with a healthy lifestyle and vaccine; adding that these vaccines are taken in three doses over a period of six months.
The BCOS General Manager, Mr Tunde Ajayi, who encouraged everyone to get tested and know their status also appreciated the team on behalf of the BCOS Executive Chairman, Prince Dotun Oyelade; stating that the organisation has equally supported the visions of the State Government to have everyone live in good health
The free screening was done in commemoration of this year’s World Hepatitis Day held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.