By Chris Nyamtu
About 181, 946 persons have been screened for Hepatitis in Nasarawa State as part of implementation of a five-year strategic plan.
The state Commissioner for Health, Mr Ahmed Yahaya stated this during a news briefing to commemorate the 2022 World Hepatitis Day in Lafia.
He stated that out of the figure, 18,429 have been tested positive and paced on treatment.
Mr. Ahmed Yahaya explained that the state government had developed action frame works to ensure that the target of 124,000 persons to be screened within the five year implementation period was reached.
“Nasarawa State clearly exhibits a disproportionately high prevalence of Hepatitis B & C as compared to the national average. It is the high burden of this dreaded disease in the State that led the Nasarawa State Ministry of Health with support from Clinton Health Access Initiative established the State’s Viral Hepatitis Control Programme .” Yahaya said.
The Commissioner further said the state government had designated facilities across the 13 local government areas for mass community screening of Hepatitis with focus on pregnant women to prevent mother to child transmission of the disease.