Friday, December 1, 2017

436 Diagnosed With Hepatitis In Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, on Thursday decried the rising cases of Hepatitis B and C in the state, saying at least 436 persons had tested positive to the disease from January till date.

Iya spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting on the burden of viral hepatitis in the state.

The commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Public Health in the state, Dr. Ibrahim Adamu, said the state Ministry of Health in collaboration with an international partner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) piloted the hepatitis programme at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) in Lafia last year.

He said 3,035 persons were screened between January and this month as part of the pilot phase and 436 of them were confirmed positive for hepatitis.

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