ABEOKUTA – The first lady of Ogun State Governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun on Sunday flagged off Campaign against Hepatitis B in commemoration of World Hepatitis Day celebration in Nigeria, organised by World Hepatitis Eradication Commission Nigeria delegation.
Mrs Abiodun alongside the state Deputy Governor, Alhaja Noimot Oyedele joined other medical personnel from Ministry of heath, and other emiment ambassadors to flag off Campaign against Hepatitis, and begin free tests held at Primary Health Centre, Sango-Ota area of the state.
World Hepatitis Day is globally observed to raise global awareness of hepatitis and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment and was celebrated in Ogun with the saving assistance from Rotary International.
Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun described Hepatitis as the most dreaded disease that people gave lip attention, and propose an urgent need for stakeholders to rally critical heads of medical department, parents and medical experts to begin wider awaresness through sensitization.
“As part of activities for World Hepathitis Day Celebration, we are here for public awareness; the first step of the eradication process through our ‘zero project’, curtail the spread of the hepatitis disease and eliminate the virus to zero level conducting free test, and giving out treatment to people for prevention and cure.
She said, though, it is a global initiative, the Ogun State Government has adopted it to guarantee safety and healthy life of citizens.
While expressing her confidence in the World hepatitis Commission, she assured of government’s readiness to follow global guideliness and campaigns through testing, vacination againt HBV.
‘This opportunity is loaded with benefits and we have carefully chosen Sango to begin with. The campaign accross 20 local government will enable people to know their status, help allienate the danger called HPV and also directly create Jobs, engaged the people in all the local governments’ she emphasized. It is in our informed desire to see us live a free and healthy life”.
She however, advised that people should always go for test, avoid multiple sexual partners and serve as campaigners in their homes.
It would be recalled that, the Nigeria commission visited and decorated the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun as their ‘Global Ambassador for the Comminssion of Zero Eradication with schedule task of using her office as first lady of Ogun to structure campaign awareness in all the 20 LGA of the state.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony, the South West Commissioner, Mrs Florence Egbeyemi, appreciated the First lady and the Deputy Governor, Alhaja Noimot Salako-Oyedele for accepting the challenge of serving as the state rallying point despite their busy schedules and condemned the widespread of the disease in Nigeria.
Blaming the spread of the preventable disease on ignorance of the people, and lack of public awareness, Egbeyemi urged parents and Nigerians to join hands with the commission to begin eradication through their ‘zero project’ of identifying, counselling, screening and treatment of patients.
Speaking on the inherent danger on lack of awareness and living unhealthy life, the Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege, said, HPV is so uncommon but more dangerous, a killer disease of bad records.
He appreciated the First lady for such a inititiave to begin the Campaign in Ota, assuring the support of Olota in Council and people of Ota for the government of Dapo Abiodun.