A medical expert with the Department of Internal Medicine of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH Bauchi, Dr. Murtala Umar has emphasized the need for people to ensure consistent medical checks to ascertain their Hepatitis status.
He made the call in an interview with journalists in commemoration of this year’s World Hepatitis Day Celebration, in Bauchi.
Dr. Umar who expressed concern that most of the Hepatitis patients do not know they were carrying the infection, hence the need for them to undergo medical screening to ascertain their status.
He stated that Hepatitis is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation, which if proper care was not taken, can lead to sirosis and cancer and emphasized the need for early detection and treatment.
According to the medical expert, about 60% of Hepatitis patients who attends ATBUTH Medical Out Patient Department, MOPD weekly clinic were aware of the infection and its mode of transmission.
Dr. Murtala Umar said Hepatitis viral infection of six months and below is regarded as Acute and above six months is said to be chronic, noting that symptoms of the disease include yellowish eye, general body weakness, fever and joint pains.
He explained that Hepatitis infection can be contacted though blood transfusion, sexual intercourse, use of unsterilized sharps among others.
The medical added that expert after careful medical examination and a person was found to be negative, Hepatitis can be prevented through immunization.
World Hepatitis Day is being celebrated annually on the 28 of July.