uly 28, 2016 (NAN) Gamun Centre for Care in Nigeria, an NGO, has offered free Hepatitis testing to 10,000 persons in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Mrs Blessing Yieju, the Director of Administration of the centre, said this at a sensitisation programme on Thursday in Akwanga to mark the 2016 World Hepatitis Day.
Yieju noted that the level of awareness on viral hepatitis was very low among the people, which made the massive campaign imperative.
She said statistics had shown that about 25 million Nigerians were affected by viral hepatitis and that less than five per cent of those living with the disease were not aware of their condition.
Yieju explained that apart from the sensitisation and free testing, the centre would also give vaccines to those affected by the disease at a token fee.
According to her, although the free mass testing for members of the public would last for a day, the centre would continue to provide free testing for pregnant women and children less than five years old.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of 2016 World Hepatitis Day is “Elimination of Viral hepatitis”.