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Experts Raise Alarm at Prevalence of Hepatitis in Cross River, Seek Funding

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Andy Esiet, Calabar 

The Hepatitis Advocates Community in Nigeria have raised the alarm over the alarming prevalence of Hepatitis and its associated health risks in Cross River state.

In a statement on Friday by the Press Secretary to the Wife of the State Governor, Faith Okon, the National Coordinator, Hepatitis Advocates Community, Mr Saint Michael Iwara, who led a delegation of medical professionals, representatives from non-governmental organizations and individuals directly impacted by Hepatitis to the wife of the state governor, Rev. Eyoanwan Bassey Otu stated that besides pressing issues of funding, they aimed to draw attention to the alarming prevalence of Hepatitis and its associated health risks in the state.

National Coordinator, Hepatitis Advocates Community, Mr Saint Michael Iwara (left) presenting a branded T-shirt to Rev Eyoanwan Otu

Iwara highlighted the gravity of the situation, emphasizing the growing number of Hepatitis cases and the lack of adequate resources to combat the disease effectively. 

He emphasized that the funding would be utilized to enhance awareness campaigns, prevention strategies, diagnosis, treatment and support services for Hepatitis patients throughout the state. 

Iwara also stressed the need to strengthen healthcare infrastructure and improve access to affordable diagnostic tests and medications, highlighting the importance of early detection and comprehensive treatment to prevent the progression of Hepatitis-related complications and to improve the overall quality of life for affected individuals.

The Hepatitis Advocates in a group photograph with the Wife of the Governor, Rev. Eyoawan Otu (front row, 4th from left)

With the commitment of the Governor’s wife and the collective efforts of the Hepatitis advocates, he said the state is poised to take significant strides towards eradicating the disease and ensuring a healthier future for its residents.

On her part, Rev. Otu expressed the readiness of her office to collaborate between the government, advocacy groups and healthcare professionals to develop a comprehensive strategy that would effectively combat Hepatitis in the state.

Known for her commitment to healthcare initiatives,  the first lady acknowledged the severity of the Hepatitis crisis and pledged to work closely with the advocacy community during the upcoming medical outreach expressing her admiration for the dedication and efforts of the Hepatitis advocates. 

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