The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) has announced a free health screening exercise on July 28, 2021, to observe World Hepatitis Day.
The screening will commence at 10: 00 am prompt at the University of Ghana banking square.
This year’s theme, “Hepatitis Can’t-Wait” emphasizes the importance of early testing, treatment, and prevention of the disease even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to eliminate it as a public health threat by 2030.
“10 days more to World Hepatitis Day!!!!!!!! Spread the word, Get involved. Free screening at UG banking square on 28th of July. Get tested, make a decision. Hepatitis is a silent killer! Hepatitis Can’t Wait!.” a post from Noguchi said.
Senior Researcher at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Dr. Gloria Obeng-Benefo assured that the screening was for the general public to promote early diagnosis.
She added that Ghanaian rapper and musician, Okyeame Kwame will be present for the screening.
“It’s for everyone and anyone and every student. So when you’re coming, if you’re a student, you can bring along your ID cards to the banking square. We want everyone to come around. We’re expecting the ambassador for Hepatitis, Okyeame Kwame to also be there – he has been the ambassador for some years now – so we want him to join and the awareness and tell people that Hepatitis B is really and that you need to get tested as early as possible and get vaccinated.”
Furthermore, Dr. Gloria Obeng-Benefo stated that measures are being put in place to aid in treatment if any individual tests positive.
So, like I said earlier, when you get tested and you’re positive then you’ll be referred to the hospital, that is, UGMC and the Legon hospital which we work hand in hand with. So that we can monitor you to know whether you’re in the acute stage or chronic stage to see how best you can be helped. If you’re also negative, the best way now is to get vaccinated against it. Hepatitis B is a killer disease and it’s killing so many people. So my friends and colleagues out there, it’s an opportunity fh us to know our status and Hep can’t wait, we can’t wait any longer. We need to tell people that it’s real and you can be cured in no time, so get tested..