Ogunbiyi tasks Osun govt on hepatitis response

Akin-Ogunbiyi

Akin-Ogunbiyi
A People’s Democratic Party chieftain Akin Ogunbiyi on Sunday tasked the Osun State government to take bold actions towards universal health coverage and integrated services against viral hepatitis.

This was disclosed in a statement released by Ogunbiyi’s spokesman Ismail Afolabi to commiserate the World Hepatitis Day.

“Today, millions of people living with hepatitis across the world including our beloved nation, Nigeria hardly get the services they need to prevent, test for and treat the disease,” Ismail said.

“By investing in diagnostic tests and medicines for treating hepatitis B and C, we can save lives and reduce costs related to the long-term care of cirrhosis and liver cancer that result from untreated hepatitis,” he added.

Ismail noted that “if we look at the global picture, according to the World Health Organisation and Hepatitis Alliance, an estimated 325 million men, women and children are currently living with viral hepatitis.

“Sadly, studies have shown that if proper measures are not taken, the number would increase by 76 million by 2030. This prediction and several glaring facts raise a concern and underscore the need to address this global burden.”

He added, “it is a statement of fact that serious investment in eliminating hepatitis, despite the paucity of funds in Osun, would avert several premature deaths and alleviate the burden of those suffering from the ailment which sometimes translates into liver cancer deaths.”

“Today; World Hepatitis Day, I join the call for bold steps and actions against this impairment. The state government and every spirited person should rise to this challenge and integrate well thought out and monitored services for hepatitis into health packages and social services to support the underserved.”

“By investing in diagnostic tests and medicines for treating hepatitis B and C, we – the government and individuals – can save lives and reduce costs related to the long-term care of cirrhosis and liver cancer that result from untreated hepatitis.”

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Caused by different types of viruses, Hepatitis is of five types — Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Among these, Hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common.

World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis and to encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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