Friday 21st July, 2017
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UNIABUJA medical students move to tackle hepatitis scourge

UNIABUJA medical students move to tackle hepatitis scourge

The University of Abu­ja Medical Students Association (UMSA) has rolled out activities for this year’s ‘Health Week’ during which members would promote health within and around the University community, es­pecially awareness on the scourge of Viral Hepatitis.
President of the Associ­ation, Mr Kingsley Emeka Onwuka, said the health week which is scheduled for February 20 to 25, 2017, has its theme as “A Healthy Life; Stemming the Scourge of Viral Hepatitis.”
He said in a statement made available to news­men that the theme was in­formed by the frightening statistics where more than 2 billion people in the world were infected by the Hepa­titis B Virus with 4 million acute cases recorded every year with more than 1 mil­lion deaths recorded.
The UMSA President said that more than 350 million people were chronic carri­ers, 25 per cent of who die of the disease, adding that more than 70 per cent of the Nigerian population show evidence of past in­fection, with between 13 and 15 per cent of the coun­try’s population having the disease.
The statement further stated that the week will feature such activities as free medical check-ups, free testing for the Hepatitis virus, free vaccination and counselling, lectures and talk shows, among others.
 

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