Hepatitis B: Association offers free screening, vaccination to students


No fewer than 200 students of Government Secondary School, Mararaba Akunza, a suburb of Lafia, Nasarawa State, benefitted from free hepatitis B screening and vaccination organised by Rotary Club of Lafia Central.
Dr Adikwu Chigozie, the President of the club, Lafia Central, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Lafia.
According to him, the free hepatitis B screening and vaccination are part of community intervention designed by Rotary Club to help in the early detection and possible early treatment of the disease to reduce the burden of complications.
Chigozie said the intervention would complement government efforts in mitigating the spread of the disease among the students.
The president said that the Rotary Club would vaccinate those who tested negative to the virus, while those tested positive would be treated, respectively.
Chigozie, who described hepatitis B as preventable disease, said it was usually transmitted through sexual intercourse and blood transfusion.
“As students are getting tested, we made those who tested positive to understand that is not the end of their lives as there is medication that can prevent complication thereby prolonging life.
“We are referring them to the unit that is responsible for the management of hepatitis at Dalhatu Arab hospital for adequate medical intervention,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the schools, the principle of the school, Mr Mohammed Agage, while appreciating Rotary Club’s gesture, said health challenge such as hepatitis required collaborative efforts.
He advised the students to avoid acts that would expose them to health risk, noting that the free medical service received will remain indelible in their minds.