Leading healthcare company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceutical Nigeria Limited, in line with its commitment to improve the quality of human live, recently partnered with Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to stage a walk against hepatitis in Umuahia, the Abia State Capital.
The walk TAGGED “walk 2 STOP Hepatitis” which was part of PSN’s 90th Annual Conference, had in attendance pharmacists who gathered to spread the needed awareness and education about hepatitis.
Speaking on the motive behind the walk, Head of Vaccines for GSK Nigeria, Abbas Sanni, said, “the walk is to create awareness, stir up conversation around hepatitis B prevention and let people know that hepatitis is preventable. He added that GSK is committed to helping Nigerians live better and longer and reaffirmed the company’s unending desire to impact society, improve the quality of lives of Nigerians and ultimately help them do more, feel better and live longer.
The walk which started at the Government House Junction in Umuahia; saw participants stopping at popular junctions in the state’s capital like Ikot Ekpene, Isi gate, Cooperative Junction, Okpara Square and others while creating awareness and sharing communication materials on hepatitis to educate the people of the state.
Speaking at the end of the exercise, Abia First Lady, Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu, thanked PSN and GSK for organizing the walk.
The Governor’s wife represented by the wife of the Speaker, Abia House of Assembly, Mrs. Glory Kanu said the exercise would help sensitize Abians on the dangers of hepatitis and how to combat it. She further called on Abia residents to take the opportunity of the vaccination from GSK to prevent themselves from hepatitis.
National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, stated that PSN is very happy and encouraged with GSK’s support and partnership for the walk 2 stop hepatitis. According to him, PSN is committed to the wellbeing of Nigerians and supportive of companies like GSK who are interested in saving Nigerians from deadly but preventable diseases.
He added “we believe that everyone is entitled to good health, hence our huge support for this walk inspired by GSK.”
Reports has it that Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest prevalence for hepatitis. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) about 257 million people worldwide are estimated to be infected with Hepatitis B virus. With a national prevalence of 10%, no fewer than 20 million Nigerians are living with the disease.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease. WHO states that Hepatitis is a silent killer and kills faster than HIV/AIDS.