The Lagos State Ministry of health directorate had organised an event to commemorate this year’s World Hepatitis day.
The event is aimed at creating awareness of hepatitis and demystify the misconceptions about the virus.
Viral hepatitis is a silent killer that claims lives every year, with symptoms appearing once the disease is advanced.
According to the World Health Organisation, Over 350 million people in the world are living with viral hepatitis which can be identified as A, B, C, D or E.
In Nigeria, more than 20 million people are living with Hepatitis B, C or both.
But, more than 80% of the population do not know their status.
In addressing this societal menace, the Lagos state ministry of health organized a symposium with medical experts, stakeholders, students, and the public to sensitize more persons about the disease.
The theme of the event, “One Life, One Liver” emphasises on the importance of the liver as one of the most important organs in the body.
Experts reeled out some of the misconceptions about Hepatitis and some healthy lifestyle tips to protect the liver from damage.
With quality healthcare and a safe environment being one of the priorities of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, this is just one way to ensure a state free of Hepatitis by the year 2030.