Nigerian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology News
September 03, 2014
In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared July 28 as World hepatitis Day making it one of the 4 official disease specific World Health Days. This was done in recognition of the increasing global burden of viral hepatitis. Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E are responsible for millions of acute infections worldwide. Hepatitis B and C also lead to liver cirrhosis and its various severe complications including hepatocellular carcinoma. Many acute manifestations may present with fever and myalgia and can be easily mistaken for “malaria fever”. Progression to chronic liver disease is often insidious and silent and diagnosed very late in the course of the disease.
On world hepatitis day, we are called to “Think again” about these silent killers. We need to raise awareness among other healthcare workers and the general population. With an estimated 9 million people with hepatitis B and C in Nigeria, the public health implications are enormous. We acknowledge the important role that the government has to play in combating this scourge in our nation and in the sub-region.
In recognition of the day, SOGHIN partnered with Mega Life Sciences to conduct road shows, awareness talks and free Hepatitis B and C screening and testing in over 27 locations nationwide. This was provided as part of Megas corporate social responsibility. The 27 centres include Markurdi with Prof. Malu, Ile Ife with Dr Ndububa, UCH, Ibadan with Prof Otegbayo, Enugu with Drs Olive Obienu, Uche Ijeoma and C Nwokediuko; Lagos Island with Dr Ganiat Oyeleke; Abuja with Dr Nnabuchi; Ikeja, Lagos and Idi Araba, Lagos with Drs Charles Onyekwere and Funmi Lesi, Maiduguri with Dr Laraba; Jalingo with Dr Aisha Adamu; Calabar with Drs Uchenna Okonkwu and Prof. Rowland Ndoma-Egba; Umuahia with Dr Anyanechi, Sokoto with Dr Maiyaki; Jos with Prof Edith Okeke, Mary John Duguru; Nasarawa State Dalhatu Specialist Hospital with Dr Ruth Bello and in Kano with Dr Samaila.
Mega Life Sciences Nigeria provided about 6,000 HBsAg test strips and reagents for screening, alcohol swabs, lancets, banners, awareness posters and leaflets, chairs and canopies, public address systems, T shirts, face caps, musical band for the awareness walk and light refreshment.
SOGHIN also acknowledged the support of the different Hospital managements, ROCHE and other stakeholders including Micronova that contributed to the success of the world hepatitis day celebration in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepathology, is a quarterly publication of the Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN), which publishes original research on the biology and diseases of the Gut, Liver, Pancreas, Peritoneum and Spleen both in humans and experimental animal models.