Experts canvass dedicated budget for viral hepatitis | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

The experts, who made the demand yesterday at a workshop organised by the Centre For Initiative Development (CFID), expressed concern at the prevalence of the disease, which they said was 10 times larger than the global HIV epidemic. Supported by the Gilead Science, the forum was organised mainly for doctors, pharmacists, laboratory scientists and nurses in Taraba State. In his presentation, a professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology from the University of Jos UNIJOS), Orkurha Malu, observed that Nigeria may rank among countries with the highest viral hepatitis B burden.He believes that with a dedicated budget line, the massive presence of the epidemic in the country would be a thing of the past in no time. Malu, who charged the participants drawn from the 16 councils of Taraba to reach out with the message of hepatitis to the rural communities, urged governments at all levels to set aside certain amount for hepatitis in their annual budgets. The National Desk Officer, Viral Hepatitis Control, Abuja, Dr. Adesigbin Clement, agreed that dedicated budget line for hepatitis would go a long way in addressing the challenges posed by the spread of the disease.Worried that pregnant women were still being compelled to pay for hepatitis screening, he urged governments at all levels to replicate what is obtainable in the case of HIV/AIDS screening to hepatitis where pregnant women are screened for free.

November 21, 2019 04:07 UTC


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