Reps want na­tional pol­icy on hep­ati­tis

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives yesterday urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to cre­ate a na­tional pol­icy on hep­ati­tis aimed at aid­ing ef­forts to re­duce the bur­den of the dis­ease na­tion­wide.

The House said com­ing up with a pol­icy sim­i­lar to that of HIV/AIDS for hep­ati­tis would go a long way in curb­ing the spread of the dis­ease in Nige­ria.

Adopt­ing a mo­tion by Rep Aishatu Jib­ril Dukku (APC, Gombe), the House also urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to cre­ate public aware­ness on hep­ati­tis and in­te­grate the Hep­ati­tis B vac­cine into the Na­tional Im­mu­niza­tion Pro­grammes.

Dukku in her mo­tion noted that hep­ati­tis is a silent epi­demic rav­aging the health of Nige­ri­ans with an av­er­age preva­lence in­fec­tion rate of 13.7 per­cent, say­ing re­cent sta­tis­tics in­di­cate that about 23 mil­lion Nige­ri­ans are in­fected with the Hep­ati­tis B Virus (HBV), which makes Nige­ria to be one of the coun­tries with the high­est in­ci­dence of the dis­ease.

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