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WGA OBSERVES WORLD HEPATITIS DAY
We Give All (WGA), a Diaspora led charity Foundation on Saturday, 28 July joined other organizations around the world to commemorate World Hepatitis Day with an aim of raising awareness of the global burden of hepatitis and to influence action.
The commemoration was held at Congress Hall, Adelaide Street in Freetown.
World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked yearly on July 28 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme for this year is: 'Find the Missing Million'. Viral hepatitis B and C are major health challenges affecting millions of people globally.
In her statement, the Founder of the Charity We Give All, Madam Zainab Jalloh, who is a medical professional from UK said she developed interest to go into Hepatitis Campaign after when her father died as a result of the disease “I don't want to see Sierra Leoneans dying of hepatitis any more. So that why am raising awareness and encouraging people to do the test to know their status." I believe If we spread the word on hepatitis, it will help save the lives of so many people in the country " Madam Jalloh said. She promised they will continue their awareness raising and free screening exercise in the provinces.
According to Doctor Sulaiman Lakoh of the Ministry of Health, one common cause of hepatitis is through sexual contact with an infected person and blood transfusion. "And most liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of Hepatitis B and C". He said an estimated number of three hundred and fifty million people around the world are living with hepatitis. Whilst explaining the different forms of hepatitis and how they are transmitted , he also encouraged public participation in screening and vaccination exercise.
Hon. Chernor Maju Bah who was in attendance, thanked the Founder of WGA for organizing such a great event. He described the campaign as a worthy cause , and added that " we all should commit ourselves to increase public awareness about this disease in order to prevent it's further spread ".
Meanwhile, the main highlights of the day were screening for hepatitis and vaccination and treatment which were offered. More than one hundred people underwent free screening.