‘Campaign against hepatitis shouldn’t be left to FG, health practitioners alone’ | Dailytrust

‘Campaign against hepatitis shouldn’t be left to FG, health practitioners alone’

By Seun Adeuyi

The president, Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC), Blessing Akinlosotu, has charged youths to join the campaign against hepatitis.

Speaking in Abuja at a ‘National Symposium on Assessment of Western Policies against COVID-19: Lessons for Nigeria’, organised by the NYC in partnership with CADA, Akinlosotu said the campaign should not be left to health practitioners and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) alone.

“We passionately advocate that all Stakeholders, International Bodies, Agencies, Private Institution and Practitioners in Nigeria should endeavour to come together to support the Government in providing great remedies to curb the emerging Virus and Diseases.”

“Our Organization hereby makes this clarion call, urging all relevant Agencies of Government in Nigeria and beyond to be proactive towards developing fast remedies against the foreseeable Pandemic of Monkey Pox and Hepatitis Virus,” he said.

A Consultant Public Health Physician, FMOH, Dr. Dankum longji Benji, while giving a lecture on COVID-19, said there was a need for significant investment in the health sector to strengthen the ability of countries to achieve genuine universal health coverage.

“There is need for vigilance in the sharp rise of better surveillance and infectious disease response including the urgent scale up of COVID-19 vaccination, preventive measures, and access to antivirals.

“Solidarity: as amplified by governments and health actors better engaging the public as vital partners in our efforts both amid the ongoing crisis and beyond”, he added.

Earlier, the Secretary General, NYC, Dr. Raymond Edoh, called for solidarity for more intercontinental collaborations.

“Now is the time for global solidarity and support, especially with the most vulnerable in our societies. Only together can we overcome the intertwined health and social and economic impacts of the pandemic and prevent its escalation into a protracted humanitarian and food security catastrophe, with the potential loss of already achieved development gains,” Edoh said.

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