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Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by MamaEmma(f): 8:26am On Jan 07, 2019
Nigerians have been advised to as a matter of urgency, go for tests to determine their Hepatitis B status as this liver damaging virus is ruthlessly ravaging the Country. Experts have warned that over 20 million Nigerians are currently living with the deadly virus; saying that early detection is the key to solving the problem. This is coming as stakeholders have called on the Federal Government to declare Hepatitis B a health emergency as it did with HIV/AIDS and Ebola.

According to a Consultant Gastroenterologist with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Olufunmilayo Lesi, ''Hepatitis B is very common in Nigeria. The national prevalence is between 10 and 15 percent. That means that about 20 million Nigerians are living with Hepatitis B.This is also very high when you compare it to other countries and the worst part is less than five percent know that they have the disease.'' Continuing, she added, ''I run the Hepatitis Clinic in LUTH and I see many young men and women with liver cancer, which is the product of untreated Hepatitis B infection.''

In a detailed Study published by the Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice, the results stated that, ''the pooled prevalence estimate for Nigeria was 13.6%.... Assuming Nigeria has an estimated population of 160 million people, the overall HBV burden based on our estimates would be 21.760 million sero-positive persons.''

Another research findings reported by Pan African Medical Journal concluded thus: ''Hepatitis B Virus infection is of high endemicity in Nigeria thus early detection, treatment of infected pregnant women, immunoprophylaxis for exposed newborns and surveillance for those with chronic infection is essential. Health education programs on prevention and control measures must be instituted.''

In a Review published by Researchgate and titled, Hepatitis B Infection in Nigeria, the Conclusion stated as follows: ''The high prevalence of 13.3% questions the effectiveness of the Nigerian HBV Vaccination Program. Therefore, there is a need for health promotion awareness campaign to educate the general public on the danger, mode of transmission and the risk factors associated with HBV infection especially among youth population.''

In the same vein, former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, observed that, ''Hepatitis in Nigeria is a health emergency. Its national prevalence is three times more than that of HIV/AIDS and diabetes. We should fight it as we fought guinea worm, Ebola and as we are fighting polio infections.''

Hepatitis B Virus infection is a deadly disease that can damage your liver. It can cause scaring of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure and early death! Go for test today to know your status. If positive, find a way to immediately get rid of it from your system.

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by kudosamass(m): 8:30am On Jan 07, 2019
Very dangerous disease! I nearly lost my life to it, but was lucky to survive it. Others were unlucky & lost their lives to the deadly virus. See the story here: https://www.nairaland.com/3838531/encounter-victory-over-deadly-hepatitis

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Houseofglam7(f): 2:05pm On Jan 07, 2019
Lalasticlala, this is front page worthy.
We really are tired of seeing photos of no relevance




Oh, it made front page eventually

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by socialmediaman: 2:13pm On Jan 07, 2019
If 20 million Nigerians are living with this disease, that’s like 10% of the whole population. It’s a Pandemic!

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by kudosamass(m): 3:34pm On Jan 07, 2019
socialmediaman:
If 20 million Nigerians are living with this disease, that’s like 10% of the whole population. It’s a Pandemic!

Of course it is already in the neighborhood of pandemic disease! The report says 13.3%! In a serious society, the Government would have declared war on it.

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by hisexcellency34: 4:06pm On Jan 07, 2019
No Nairalander will suffer any debilitating illness this year IJN

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by N0favors: 4:06pm On Jan 07, 2019
Chai
Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by CTGVenturesFCT(f): 4:07pm On Jan 07, 2019
The vaccine is the best and its very affordable.

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Topmaike007(m): 4:07pm On Jan 07, 2019
Chai na Buhari fault oo grin

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by XaintJoel20: 4:08pm On Jan 07, 2019
A public awareness should be done all over Nigeria to enlighten the citizens of the dangers of this epidemic.

The government should also make the test free in all government health institutions.

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Taidi(m): 4:08pm On Jan 07, 2019
The treatment is very expensive..not for the poor at all..govt shouldd do something about that as well

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by hisgrace090: 4:08pm On Jan 07, 2019
Not my portion!

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by yosmen: 4:08pm On Jan 07, 2019
Go for test, what's the solution if positive

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Nitobegiku: 4:09pm On Jan 07, 2019
Nitobegiku is the solution.
Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Topmaike007(m): 4:09pm On Jan 07, 2019
Houseofglam7:
Lalasticlala, this is front page worthy.
We really are tired of seeing photos of no relevance
I tell you oo
Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Topmaike007(m): 4:10pm On Jan 07, 2019
hisgrace090:
Not my portion!
including me too
Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by ofiko123(m): 4:11pm On Jan 07, 2019
Chaii the federal government and the ministry of health should do something about it...
Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by TimiRume: 4:11pm On Jan 07, 2019
I want to understand how they know 20 million people are living with it if they have not reported themselves for test. Its confusing

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Austema(m): 4:11pm On Jan 07, 2019
My body is a temple of the Holy spirit. I have nothing to do with sickness. Because the spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwels in my mortal body. On him lies the punishment that wins us salvation.
I live in divine health every day. Because zowe lives inside of me.

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Mcreloaded(m): 4:11pm On Jan 07, 2019
And yet the whole story did not bother to say what causes it

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by zolajpower: 4:12pm On Jan 07, 2019
Early test and taking the vaccine is very crucial . like I did mine 4years ago and the vaccine will last for 10 years . Thanks to KOT catering GRA , who gave me the privilege and opportunities shocked without whom I may not know my status .

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by wethebest(m): 4:12pm On Jan 07, 2019
Wr can we get d vaccine?
Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Nobody: 4:12pm On Jan 07, 2019
Topmaike007:
including me too
so who's portion is it? You people are funny

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by meelorlah(f): 4:13pm On Jan 07, 2019
The government ought to create more awareness about this deadly disease, a lot of people still think HIV is the worst that can happen
Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Idrisenagi: 4:13pm On Jan 07, 2019
Hmm
Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by sacx: 4:14pm On Jan 07, 2019
OP, you ended up telling us about how dangerous the disease is but failed to give detailed information of what it is, the cause, symptom and how it can be prevented. That information is much more necessary than those statistics you have up there.

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by ZombieTAMER: 4:14pm On Jan 07, 2019
What's the cause oh
Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Josh44s(m): 4:15pm On Jan 07, 2019
CTGVenturesFCT:
The vaccine is the best and its very affordable.

How much is the vaccine if I may ask bro?
Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by solochris(m): 4:15pm On Jan 07, 2019
hisexcellency34:
No Nairalander will suffer any debilitating illness this year IJN

Everything is not religion, go and do the necessary thing biko

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Jagaban880: 4:16pm On Jan 07, 2019
lipsrsealed

op tell us the symptomz and cause biko

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by Famocious(m): 4:17pm On Jan 07, 2019
It is caused by Hepatitis B virus.
This virus can be contacted through exposure of infected body fluid such as blood and semen.
The virus can live outside the body for years unlike the HIV that can not survive outside the body for more than 30 minutes.
Commonly transmitted from :
1, Mother to child in utero
2, Blood transfusion with unscreened blood and blood products
3, Sharing of sharps and needles especially during scarification marks, intravenous drug addicts, accidental needle prick
4, unprotected sexual exposure
5, close contacts and sharing of tooth brush which is common among family members and in the nurseries.

If you have a spouse or family member that is positive but your lab is negative, kindly get vaccinated.
Cure for Hepatitis B not yet found but the virus can be suppressed to undetectable level. Some people do have spontenous seroconversion.
If you are positive, see a hepatologist/Gastroenterologyist or infectious disease specialists to manage you.

Hope this is helpful?

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Re: Millions Of Nigerians Are Living With Hepatitis B: Go For Test Today by meelorlah(f): 4:17pm On Jan 07, 2019
Mcreloaded:
And yet the whole story did not bother to say what causes it
I had to go through the whole story again to be sure I didn't miss the part they mentioned what causes it. Just long without details

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