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‘Hepatitis B worse than HIV’

By CHIOMA OBINNA

LAGOS — Ahead of the World Hepatitis Day, stakeholders have called for partnership between the public and private sector in Nigeria to combat Hepatitis B which has become a global public health concern.

Hospital statistics available in the country, show that Hepatitis B is 10 times more infectious than HIV/AIDS.

Ropheka Foundation, Dr. Joseph Onigbinde,  said statistics had shown that many countries in Africa suffered double burden of disease, infections and chronic disease because there was little or no prevention.

According to him, “this can be reduced to barest minimum if there are thriving partnerships that will aid healthcare services.

“Hepatitis B is as disease which attacks the liver and ravages it over the years. The symptoms are quiet, occasionally patients might exhibit weakness and headache, but there is really no way to tell unless one is tested.

“The good news is that it can be prevented yet thousands of people are dying of it.”


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