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Hepatitis is a global epidemic but little is known of its symptoms, prevention, complication and the great dangers it pose to this generation and the unborn generations. Government and other development partners have always taken matters like this flippant thereby fueling viral hepatitis which is on the increase.
This year world hepatitis day is a very important period for our government and other actors to play their own part most especially with the theme of 2016. “Elimination of Hepatitis” which is calling on the various stakeholders to play a very important role to see that viral hepatitis is controlled. The activities to mark world hepatitis day in Ghana – Volta Region (Ho).
In other for Cedaku Foundation of Ghana to also be a key player in actualizing the theme of this year 2016, it sent letters and carried out Advocacy to relevance
government ministries, development partners, community leaders, politicians, pharmaceutical stores, hospital boards and other private companies. In these entire advocacies, key messages were sent and emphases were made to educate them and the need to support program on viral hepatitis.
In spite of the financial challenges experienced by those organizations we visited, yet we have
been able to passed relevant information on the need to always support program on hepatitis such as awareness creation and a host of other activities that will aim at reducing the prevalence of viral hepatitis.
In other to also effectively achieve our goal Cedaku Foundation of Ghana had planned in reaching out to about 500 people with free hepatitis B and C screening. Advocacy visit was paid to Pastor of Christian Assembly church to seek for their consent to carry out the free screening in the church for both the community and the church. Media being an important tool in reaching out to wider communities were part of the campaign and they gave a wider coverage of the program as part of existing partnership to raise massive awareness to the general public on menace of viral hepatitis.Other collaborative efforts were also made with the Medical Laboratory Scientists, MedicalDoctors, Nurses, professionals’ bodies in Ho in the Volta Region.Free Hepatitis B and C Screening and Vaccination at Christian Assembly Church ,Ho
On the 30th July, 2016 (Saturday), as part the activities to mark the year 2014 World Hepatitis Day on a theme: Elimination of Hepatitis as outlined by Cedaku Foundation of Ghana, we began with free screening of Hepatitis B & C started at about 8:30 am with an opening prayer from one of the participants where all Cedaku Foundation of Ghana volunteers, Media (Kekeli Fm ,Volta Star Radio and Cuul Fm),Medical Team were at the site to carry out the intended planned activities to mark World Hepatitis Day in Ho . Registration of participants followed up for participants who gathered to benefit from the free hepatitis B and C test. After which an identification code were given to each beneficial at the registration desks where all the necessary data were collected for proper documentation and labeling of Vacuum Tube containers were made to avoid mistakes and to keep to standard practices. After being registered, beneficiaries proceeded to the screening table to access the free screening.
Briefing was made to the participants on hepatitis and the need to be tested by the Chief Executive Officer in person Mr. Cecil Kwaku Dovia. Physicians who were to educate the participants were introduced and hence took over from the CEO. The PRO of CEDAKU; Mr. Francis Papa spoke on what Hepatitis is, mode of transmission and preventive measures. He explained that Hepatitis is the inflammation of the Liver, usually from a viral infection, but sometimes from toxic agents. He further explained that we have different types of Hepatitis;. Due to the language barrier, Dr. Lotsu Patrick interpreted all that the PRO said in Ewe to help the deeper understanding of the education that was going on.
Mr. Isaac Asirifi Gunu, a student of UHAS who happens to be a Hepatitis patient was given the opportunity to talk to the participants present about how he was coping. Questions were asked for which expected answers were given.
The testing, counseling and vaccination continued until 1:23pm when volunteers went for break.
At exactly 1:50 pm, Volunteers started work by attending to the rest of the participants. Since there were other participants who were not around for the initial education in the morning; Dr Philip Afun re-enacted the education .The testing counseling and vaccination was going on as well. The assemblyman (Mr. Bruce Anthony) and the Community Leaders for the Wusu Street area paid a courtesy call on the volunteers and the participants. He expressed his gratitude to the Cedaku Foundation of Ghana for the kind gesture and the participants for turning up in their numbers. He admonished the participants to take the health screening seriously. He further encouraged the participants to accept whatever the results might be and act accordingly.
The collected samples were screened for Hepatitis B and C after which there were briefed as to the important of vaccination for those that tested negative for HBsAg were Vaccinated, result slips were given to them while for those that tested positive for either Hepatitis B and C or both were addressed and further referrals was given to access further test in BestLab or Government facilities.
A total number of 500 participant at Christian Assembly Church whom were tested, 22 tested
positive for hepatitis B while non tested positive for hepatitis C. Media present conducted an interview on the Chief Executive Officer on the importance and why Cedaku Foundation of Ghana carried out this exercise. Target and direct beneficiaries of program were also interviewed. The health screening came to a close at exactly 5:07pm.
The Success Information
This year World Hepatitis Day was indeed one of the best Cedaku Foundation of Ghana has ever carried out, because our target groups/public were reached and the purpose was attained (objectives and goals). Large populations turn out for the free screening unlike other years where people were not willing as a result of ignorance of viral hepatitis.
With little or no resource mobilization from individuals’ contribution of the unemployed youth and other community members, implementations of this year World Hepatitis Day was made possible. Laudable of mentioning is the fact that in other years World Hepatitis Day honor, vaccines were not always available at the site of the program due to it unavailability but this year
World Hepatitis Day, vaccines were made available for free for the beneficiaries.
As the time of compiling/writing this report, there are people still visiting our office on daily basis to be tested for Hepatitis B and C and vaccinate were given.
1. Limited financial resources to meet up the target of screening seven hundred people, offering free vaccination, print stickers, and other printable IEC materials.
2. Negligence and lack of good will support for hepatitis program.
3. Non availability of Affordable drugs to the infected patients to kick start their treatment.
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This is to request the assistance of your reputable organization in celebrating 2016 World Hepatitis Day in Ho and Tsito, which aims to tell the global human story of viral hepatitis, focusing on the real life impact of these diseases to generate increased understanding among the general public. And to provides international focus for patient groups and people living with hepatitis B and C. It is an opportunity around which interested groups can raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.
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What is Hepatitis?
Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are five different hepatitis viruses, hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.
Find out more about the different types below:
Transmission: Hepatitis A is spread mainly through eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by the faeces of an infected person. It can also be spread by eating raw shellfish that have come from water contaminated by sewage.
Prevention: There is a vaccination for hepatitis A. Treatment within a few weeks of exposure to the virus can also bring short term immunity. You can reduce the risk of exposure by practicing good hygiene and sanitation, and avoiding drinking water that has come from a potentially unsafe source.
Treatment: As hepatitis A only causes acute hepatitis, the body is often able to clear the infection itself within a few weeks. However, hepatitis A infections can sometimes cause further complications.
Transmission: Hepatitis B is transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids (i.e. saliva, semen and vaginal fluid) of an infected person. It can be passed on from mother to child during childbirth.
Prevention: There is a vaccination that can prevent infection. If you have not been vaccinated, to reduce chances of exposure it is best to use condoms, and to avoid sharing needles or items such as toothbrushes, razors or nail scissors with an infected person. It is also wise to avoid getting tattoos or body piercings from unlicensed facilities.
Treatment: Drugs such as alpha interferon and peginterferon and a variety of antiviral drugs are available which slow the replication of the virus and occasionally result in its clearance. Children born to mothers infected with hepatitis B should also be vaccinated within 12 hours of birth, as this can prevent an infection that will most likely progress to chronic hepatitis B.
Transmission: Hepatitis C is mainly spread through blood-to-blood contact. In rare cases it can be transmitted through certain sexual practices and during childbirth.
Prevention: There is no vaccination for hepatitis C. It is therefore necessary to reduce risk of exposure, by avoiding sharing needles and other items such as toothbrushes, razors or nail scissors with an infected person. It is also wise to avoid getting tattoos or body piercings from unlicensed facilities.
Treatment: Treatment for chronic hepatitis C aims to eradicate the virus. It often involves a combination of pegylated interferon and ribavirin, and there is increasing use of potent direct acting antiviral drugs, with and without interferon. People with different genotypes respond differently to treatment, some more successfully than others
Transmission: Hepatitis D is spread through contact with infected blood.
Prevention: Hepatitis D is only found in people who are already infected with the hepatitis B virus. People not already infected with hepatitis B, should get the hepatitis B vaccination. To reduce exposure, avoid sharing needles and other items such as toothbrushes, razors or nail scissors with an infected person. It is also wise to avoid getting tattoos or body piercings from unlicensed facilities.
Treatment: Conditions may improve with administration of a-interferon, however no effective antiviral therapy is currently available for hepatitis D.
Transmission: Hepatitis E is mainly transmitted through eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by the faeces of an infected person. It can also be spread by eating raw shellfish that have come from water contaminated by sewage.
Prevention: Currently there is a vaccine to prevent hepatitis E, but it is not widely available. You can reduce the risk of exposure by practicing good hygiene and sanitation, and avoiding drinking water that has come from a potentially unsafe source.
Treatment: There is no treatment for hepatitis E. However it is usually self-limiting.
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Many people are now aware of the dangers of HIV, and yet each year millions of people become infected with the virus. It is therefore vital that HIV and AIDS education goes beyond simply providing information and that it is supported by other prevention efforts such as providing condoms and clean injecting equipment, and making testing facilities available and accessible. In order to ensure that people are willing and able to turn the knowledge they gain from HIV and AIDS education into action, they need more than basic scientific facts. HIV and AIDS education needs to motivate people by making them aware that what they are learning is relevant to their lives. Empowerment is also crucial, as people must be in a position where they are able to take control of their sexual behaviour or methods of drug use.
Education is a crucial factor in preventing the spread of HIV. Given the huge numbers of deaths that might still be prevented, the importance of effective education cannot be overestimated
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HIV and AIDS education can take place in many different environments, from classes at school to families and friends sharing knowledge at home. It is important that this education is provided in a variety of settings to ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in society are reached, and that accurate information about HIV and AIDS is reinforced from different source
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HIV and AIDS education can be effective when targeted at specific groups who are particularly at risk of HIV infection. The groups that HIV and AIDS education needs to target vary depending on the nature of the epidemic in an area. High risk groups can also change over time. For example, in the early years of the AIDS epidemic in America, men who have sex with men and injecting drug users were most at risk of HIV infection. Today, heterosexual African Americans and the Hispanic/Latino population are also identified as groups particularly vulnerable to HIV infection in America.
“AIDS affects many parts of society, and so everyone needs to be aware of HIV and AIDS.”
However, it is important that such a focus does not lead to groups who are considered not ‘at risk’ missing out on HIV and AIDS education. This can lead to a rise in HIV infection rates amongst groups who are often neglected by HIV and AIDS education, for example older people. Providing the general population with basic AIDS education contributes to the spread of accurate information; promoting awareness and tackling stigma and discrimination.
It is also important that people who are already infected with HIV receive HIV and AIDS education. This can help people to live positively without passing on the virus to anyone else; to prevent themselves becoming infected with a different strain of the virus; and to ensure a good quality of life by informing them about medication and the support that is available to them.
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Gloomy picture of the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Kumasi emerged last Monday when 29 out of a total of 36 people randomly picked tested positive for the disease.
A counsellor at the HIV/AIDS Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) Centre at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), where the tests were conducted, said the hospital had been receiving an average of 30 new cases of HIV/AIDS daily since the beginning of the year.
The counsellor, Mr Kwaku Antwi, described the situation as very disturbing and pointed out that it was an indication that people were not taking the message on the pandemic seriously enough.
National figures rank the Ashanti Region among the middle range of 3.0 per cent as against the Eastern Region?s top ranking of 6.5 per cent. The national average, however, dropped from 3.6 per cent last year to 3.1 per cent this year.
Other high ranking areas are the Western Region (4.6 per cent, Brong Ahafo (4.5 per cent), Greater Accra (3.9 per cent), Volta and Central (3.5 per cent) and Upper East (3.1 per cent).
The Northern and Upper West regions present the lowest national figures of 1.8 per cent and 1.7 per cent respectively.
The Kumasi exercise was part of the re-launch of the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) GIV/AIDS campaign which was initiated to drum home the dangers of the disease and the need for personnel of the service to lead lives that would prevent them from getting infected.