A rare opportunity offered by a free medical care programme at Auchi, Edo State recently witnessed unprecedented surge of residents seeking to be diagnosed and treated.
The health programme, courtesy of The Clem Agba Foundation focused essentially on Hepatitis B awareness campaign, free vaccination and treatment of the disease described by medical experts as highly contagious and deadlier than the dreaded HIV/AIDS.
Designed to also complement the formal launch of the Foundation, the health programme is receiving collaboration from the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA as well as a huge team of volunteers of doctors, nurses and support services which made it a successful exercise where over 500 persons were screened to and treated.
Chairman of the occasion and the Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, HRH A.H. Momoh, Ikelebe III who flagged off the exercise said to be a continuous one, commended sponsor of the project for using part of his earnings for the well being of the less privileged.
While stressing the need to assist the poor for them to have a sense of belonging, that they were also part of God’s creation, the Otaru noted that poverty had caused a debilitating condition for some as they lacked the basic needs as three square meals which often resulted in stomach ulcer.
He therefore appealed to well meaning individuals to strive towards arresting the unpleasant situation and make the society pleasurable.
In a lecture, a Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State, Dr. Ephraim Ogbaim-Emovon noted that Hepatitis B had no visible symptoms until the damage was done adding that it could be transmitted from one to another through the use of same piercing instruments and sexual intercourse amongst others.
He explained that awareness was important so as to educate the people on how to manage the disease and advised the public to ensure regular checks and be vaccinated.