Nasarawa Govt commits to eradicating hepatitis




Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state (2nd left) with Dr. Mohammed Kyari (3rd right), a senior official of AUSTRC and experts from the Egyptian Liver Research Institute and Hospital (ELRIAH)


Govenor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to eradicate hepatitis in the state in response to a spike in the number of its cases in the state.

African Union, Scientific, Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC), African Scientific Research and Innovation Council (AU-ASRIC) has partnered with African Liver Patient Association (ALPA) for hepatitis intervention in Nasarawa state.

Gov. Sule made this statement while receiving a team of AUSTRC officials and experts from Egyptian Liver Research Institute and Hospital (ELRIAH) on Wednesday in Government house, Lafia, Nasarawa state.

The intervention includes free counseling, free testing, free treatment, free drugs and free vaccination.

The free hepatitis care and treatment is taking place in Model comprehensive health care, Shabu, Lafia, Nasarawa state from Dec. 6- Dec. 16.

Sule said, ” Nasarawa State wellbeing is my primary concern, and I will leave no one behind in the battle to end viral hepatitis C by 2025, five years ahead of the global target of 2030.”

He said the state was currently prioritizing the hepatitis co-infected population which it considers in its elimination efforts.

Sule said, “ Nasarawa is faced with high cases of viral hepatitis.

“ And in response to these challenges, the Nasarawa State Government officially committed to the elimination of Hepatitis in 2020 and announced a five-year strategy by 2025.

“ We are leveraging partnerships and support from partners like the AU and ALPA which addresses screening and treating of our people.

“ With the support of such partnerships, I know Hepatitis will be eradicated in Nasarawa state.’’