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World Hepatitis Day: Female medical practitioners sensitise Akure residents

By Kemi Olatunde
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As a social responsibility towards the society, Female Medical Practitioners under the auspices of Medical Women Association, Ondo State branch as a way of marking the world Hepatitis Day have taken it upon themselves to sensitise Akure residents on Hepatitis.

A member of the Association and a consultant physician with the state specialist hospital Akure, Dr Adenike Enikuomeyin said the group did a road show from the State Specialist Hospital to the Erekesan market where they went round to sensitise the people and finally to the Deji”s Palace where they did free screening and vaccination for those who tested negative.

While sensitising Chiefs and members of the Dejis Palace on Hepatitis, Dr.  Enikuomehin said it is more dangerous than HIV and can be transmitted through sex, blood transfusion, from mother to child, dirty environment, food among others.

Enikuomehin who said the women who are mothers feel the pains of the ills of Hepatitis when they see youths in their prime dying of this ailment, explained that they have taken it upon themselves to carry out the sensitisation and free screening as a social responsibility to the society.

Another member,  Dr Elohor Orji said though the month was July 2018, the association decided to celebrate the day at a later date by partnering some Pharmaceutical firms to screen and vaccinate free because of the devastating effect of this disease which could result in liver Cancer.

According to her, Hepatitis can be prevented through vaccination which is the objective of the sensitisation.

Representative of the Deji of Akure and  Chief of Staff to the Deji of Akure, Prince Toyin Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade thanked the women for choosing to bring the sensitisation and screening to the palace and promises to take it further to the nooks and crannies of Akure Kingdom.

He commended the women for taking it upon themselves to carry out selfless services outside their paid job to the benefit of the society.

Responding, some of the beneficiaries who spoke with The Hope including Chief Kofoworola Olorunfemi the Olukoju of Akure kingdom saluted the courage and ingenuity of the women while promising to take the campaign to other women.

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