Hepatitis serious viral infection says Dr Shanono
By Habibullah Ibrahim Abdullahi
Dr Sabitu Shanono, has said that Hepatitis is a serious viral infection that affects the liver and causes severe complications later in life.
Dr. Shanono, who is the Director-General of the State Agency for the Control of Aids (KSACA), made this known during the commemoration of the World Hepatitis Day, celebrated worldwide, with the theme: “Hepatitis Free Future” held at Sheikh Muhammad Jidda General Hospital in the State capital.
He said the mode of transmission of the virus is very similar to that of HIV/AIDS and to achieve total prevention, pregnant women need to regularly attend Antenatal care.
Dr Shanono said that as part of this year’s commemoration, the state organised an outreach where people are being tested and informed on how to prevent and treat the infection.
He Commended Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for improving the health indices toward tackling the menace of both viruses (hepatitis and HIV) especially in the time of COVID-19 pandemic by providing the needed support to the agency to carry out its mandate.
Earlier, the state Hepatitis Focal Person, Hajiya Bilkisu Sale, said the prevalence of Hepatitis B in the country is 8.1 percent, meaning around 15.4 million people are positive while 1.2 per cent totalling around 2.3 million are infected with the viral hepatitis C, a statement by Aminu Bello Sani, the Public Relations Officer of KSACA has disclosed to newsmen.