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Hepatitis: Address low coverage of testing to achieve global elimination –NGO advises



 Hepatitis Address low coverage of testing to achieve global elimination NGO advises
Hepatitis: Address low coverage of testing to achieve global elimination –NGO advises

1 Aidez Small Project International (ASPI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has identified low coverage of testing and treatment as gaps that must be addressed to achieve the Hepatitis Global Elimination Goal by 2030.

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2 The President and Chief Executive Officer of ASPI, Mr Moses Owharo, made the assertion on Wednesday in Abuja during a outreach on Hepatitis diseases in Jikoko community, Mpape, Abuja.

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3 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the medical outreach was organised to commemorate the 2022 United Nations World Hepatitis Day usually celebrated on July 28.

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4 Owharo said that Nigeria Government developed the National Health Promotion Policy (NHPP) in 2006, and that with this policy we must strengthen the health promotion capacity to make the country healthy.

5 He said  the government must strengthen the health promotion capacity of the national health system to deliver healthcare that is promotive, protective, preventive, restorative and rehabilitative to every citizen of the country.

6 The CEO disclosed that the National Health  Policy (NHP) recognised that Nigeria was saddled with an unbearable burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

7 According to him, there is no attention to key social determinants of health, coupled with issues such as low levels of health, poor sanitation and inadequate health facilities to care for the masses.

“World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public.

“There is need to highlight a greater global response as outlined in the World Health Organisation (WHO) global hepatitis report of 2017,” Owharo stressed.

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