Hepatitis C Hits Southern Kaduna

By Israel Bulus, Kaduna

A Youth Corp member serving with Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa General Hospital, Kafanchan, Dr. Dominic Ativie, has disclosed that there is high prevalence of Hepatitis C in Southern Kaduna leading to about eight people dying every week from the hospital.

The Corp member disclosed this while fielding questions from Journalists on Tuesday 23rd November,2016 when he embark on a free medical treatment on six Communities in Jema’a local government area of the state.

“I have personally carried out a medical data research, l discovered that
about 7 to 8 patients died every week in the hospital as a result of
Hepatitis C.

“As a result, l said to myself there is the need for a thorough research of the prevalence of Hepatitis C in Southern Kaduna.

I worked on it from March to September, 2016 and from the data l gathered, about 45 per cent of the
people living in Southern Kaduna are infected and currently living with Hepatitis C,” Dr Ativie explained.

Speaking in Kafanchan on a 6-day free health outreach to some communities
in Southern Kaduna, Dr. Ativie noted that looking at the prevalence of Hepatitis C and other health related issues in the area, he said he was moved to contribute towards touching the lives of the rural dwellers by offering free medical treatment to the people.

He observed that initially he was confronted with the problem of finance but was assisted by the Kaduna State government in collaboration with UNICEF, stressing that people are being given free treatment on Hepatitis
C, Malaria, HIV and other health issues.

The representative of Kaduna State government and UNICEF, Mallam Dauda Idris Doka commended the efforts of the youth corper, pointing out that when the proposal was made known to the state government, it was later presented to UNICEF with little funds made available for the realization of the noble objective.

The medical outreach witnessed the presence of women, children and youths that came in large number and were given treatment in different ailments.

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