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Nigeria to develop framework to end hepatitis

The Federal Government says Nigeria is positioned as one of the first African countries to develop a National Strategic framework for the elimination of the viral hepatitis disease come 2030.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire announced this at a news conference as part of activities to mark this year’s World Hepatitis Day.

The theme of this year is “Beat Hepatitis, Get tested, Get treated”.

Dr Ehanire said viral hepatitis remained a public health threat which could cause chronic infection leading to high morbidity and mortality.

According to the minister, nearly 20 million people are estimated to be infected with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

The World Health Organization (WHO) country representative, Dr Walter Kazadi commended the Nigerian Government for efforts made so far in responding to viral hepatitis by establishing a National Hepatitis Control programme for Hepatitis B and C.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), therefore called on Governments at all levels to carry out interventions aimed at bringing hepatitis care to the communities, in order to reduce disease transmissions.

Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor