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VIRAL HEPATITIS: Bigger threat than AIDS, TB, malaria

VIRAL HEPATITIS: Bigger threat than AIDS, TB, malaria

Viral hepatitis or inflammation of the liver kills millions annually in Africa and Nigeria in particular. The latest scorecard by the World Health Organisation, WHO, says dying of viral hepatitis in Africa is becoming a bigger threat than dying of AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis. Daily at least two new hepatitis cases are diagnosed across in the country Nigeria. Erstwhile Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, confirmed that about 20 million Nigerians have hepatitis while WHO’s scorecard shows that 100,000 children with chronic Hepatitis B are in Nigeria. Experts say political will, effective immunisation coverage, awareness and universal free testing and treatment will help the country turn around the tide of the hepatitis.

’26m Nigerians suffering from viral hepatitis’

’26m Nigerians suffering from viral hepatitis’

NO fewer than 26 million Nigerians are living with Viral Hepatitis B and C, even as stakeholders called for the early diagnosis and treatment of the disease to reduce increasing incidences of liver problems and deaths.

Hepatitis: Saving your liver from the stealth killer

Hepatitis: Saving your liver from the stealth killer

THE liver is a large, meaty organ that sits on the right side of the belly. Weighing about three pounds in adulthood, the liver is reddish-brown in color and feels rubbery to the touch. Though it is the largest solid gland in your body, roughly the side of a football for teens, you can’t feel the liver, because it’s protected by the rib cage.