As part of its core commitment to eradicate Hepatitis from Africa in line with the international target of ridding the world of Hepatitis by 2030, Trinity Healthcare Foundation in partnership with the Association of Pharmacy Students of the University of Uyo, Nigeria has kicked off intensive campaign activities against Hepatitis ahead of the World Hepatitis Day 2018 tagged #WHD2018.
With the theme for the World Hepatitis Day 2018 being “Eliminate Hepatitis”, Trinity Healthcare Foundation is putting together a number of activities designed to ensure that every Nigerian and indeed every African has access to basic Hepatitis services most especially Hepatitis education, screening and vaccination.
The pre-WHD2018 campaign holding in Uyo, Nigeria is mobilizing thousands of young people, who are the most vulnerable to Hepatitis infection, to stand in favor of the fight against Hepatitis.
According to the Executive Director of Trinity Healthcare Foundation, Dr. Nseabasi Ekanem, the Foundation decided to focus more attention on young people because apart from the fact that young people were integral to creating change in any society, the scale of which the fight against Hepatitis demanded, young people were the most vulnerable to Hepatitis considering the mode of transmission of the virus which is most through sex, and exchange of body fluids.
The President, Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS), University of Uyo chapter said the association decided to focus the attention of the 2018 PANS Week on Hepatitis given the ravaging nature of the condition in Nigeria. He maintained that mobilizing young people to join the fight against Hepatitis would ensure the most vulnerable populations are prepared and armed with the necessary tools to keep themselves from contracting the disease.
The World Hepatitis Day is celebrated worldwide on the 28th of July every year. In Nigeria, Trinity Healthcare Foundation in partnership with PANS, Uniuyo intends to organize the World Hepatitis Day 2018 in Uyo on the 28th of July 2018. The event is expected to feature road walk, health talks and Hepatitis screening, vaccination and counseling.