The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says Nigeria is working to reduce chronic Hepatitis B virus (HBV) to less than two per cent in children under five years by the end of 2020.

Ehanire spoke on Tuesday at the World Health Organisation (WHO) virtual high-level commemoration of World Hepatitis Day and launch of the guidelines for the prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of Hepatitis B.

World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis — a group of infectious diseases known
as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E — and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

World Hepatitis Day is celebrated each year on the 28 day of July to enhance the awareness of the viral hepatitis.  Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, commonly caused by a viral infection causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer.

There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus – Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.  Together, hepatitis B and C are the most common cause of deaths, with 1.3 million lives lost each year. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, viral hepatitis continues to claim thousands of lives every day.

In this report our health reporter, Sydney idehen takes a look at this years world hepatitis day

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