Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, weekend said the challenge to eradicate Hepatitis has remained a tall order for mankind even as she called for the need to tackle the scourge of the disease through mass awareness, enlightenment and public education.Bolanle Ambode
Ambode who spoke at the inauguration of Women in Hepatitis Africa (WIHA) Regional Conference, in Lagos however, lauded the efforts of Livewell Initiative (LWI) and its subsidiary, Women in Hepatitis Africa (WIHA), for their efforts towards eliminating viral hepatitis in Nigeria through advocacy, screening, vaccination and empowerment of women and children.
According to her not less than one million lives are lost annually to the different types of hepatitis.
Represented by the Head of Publicity, Office of the First Lady, Mrs. Oladunni Ogunbanwo, Ambode noted that the global search for strategies to subdue the scourge, especially in women and, children has necessitated the conference.
“The effort put in place by the Livewell Initiative and Women in Hepatitis Africa, by taking up the challenge to confront the scourge through mass awareness, enlightenment and public education to save as many women and children as possible, has paid off with positive impact on almost two million Nigerians with health literacy and empowerment.
“In preventing hepatitis, it is instructive from the awareness we have had overtime that we must observe a healthy lifestyle, by moderating alcohol consumption, taking healthy diet, engaging in physical activities, encouraging weight loss and immunization among others. So, what is important is early knowledge of our health status as early management of hepatitis or any other disease is very important”, she remarked.
Earlier, the Vice President, LWI, and founder, WIHA, Pharm. Bisi Bright, noted that the group was launched in April with a vision to eliminate viral hepatitis in Africa by the year 2030, through advocacy, screening, vaccination and empowerment.