Somacas Medical Centre, a private hospital in Nkwanta North of the Oti Region has expressed worry over the mother-to-child transmission of Hepatitis B which is on the ascendency in Kpasa
The hospital says the initial research it conducted indicated that majority of persons contracted Hepatitis B per samples taken to the lab recently.
According to the hospital which organised a health walk and Hepatitis B health screening and vaccination exercise revealed that residents are bent on increasing awareness creation of the disease.
The event started with a health walk through some principal streets of Kpassa to create awareness of the disease.
The hospital was grateful to participants whose support helped them engage in the mass health walk and testing exercise.
The exercise according to the organisers is meant to also commemorate this year’s World Hepatitis B-day, which is celebrated worldwide on July 28.
The hospital is worried over the lack of support from the government towards fighting this disease and called for more support from decision-makers, institutions, donors to help achieve the WHO viral hepatitis elimination target by 2030.
The Medical Doctor for the Somacas Medical Centre, Dr. Asomma Kubire who was present at the health screening exercise urged the general public to endeavour to take the vaccines to protect ourselves against the disease.
“The only way to prevent yourself from contracting Hepatitis B is to vaccinate. Another way we can also prevent Hepatitis B is by keeping to one particular partner and protecting ourselves during intercourse,” Dr. Asomma Kubire added.
Some residents who benefited from the screening and vaccination exercise as they identified their status being positive/negative thanked the management of Medical Centre and pledged to spread the awareness creation information to others who couldn’t attend the screening including those who don’t believe in reality of the virus.