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Yakubu Gowon Centre warns hepatitis patients against using herbal remedies

The National Coordinator of the Yakubu Gowon Centre for National Unity and International Community on Viral Hepatitis Project, Adeyeye Ajayi, has advised hepatitis patients to…

The National Coordinator of the Yakubu Gowon Centre for National Unity and International Community on Viral Hepatitis Project, Adeyeye Ajayi, has advised hepatitis patients to refrain from seeking herbal treatments.

 He gave the advice during screening for hepatitis conducted by the centre in Jalingo, Taraba State, Wednesday.

The screening which attracted patients from the three senatorial districts of the state, was supported by the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

 The coordinator of the project, in an address, acknowledged the NEDC’s contribution of two thousand doses of viral hepatitis vaccines to the Taraba State government.

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 Ajayi also emphasised the need   for residents to take advantage of the ongoing free screening and treatment for hepatitis patients offered by the centre in collaboration with North East Development Commission.

 Ajayi disclosed that individuals testing positive for hepatitis B and C would receive free treatment, courtesy of the NEDC.

 The comprehensive activities planned across the North, Central, and southern parts of Taraba State include advocacy, sensitisation, screening, and vaccination of two thousand patients.

These health interventions, according to him, are part of the broader health intervention programme initiated by the NEDC. 

Some beneficiaries of the initiative expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts of the NEDC and the Yakubu Gowon Centre.

They however requested that the screening be conducted on a monthly basis to enable more have access to screening and treatment.

Several beneficiaries admitted they were using herbal remedies to treat themselves before the centre started offering the services to them.

 

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