The National Coordinator of the Yakubu Gowon Centre for National Unity and International Community on Viral Hepatitis Project, Adeyeye Ajayi, has strongly advised hepatitis patients to refrain from seeking herbal treatments.
This caution was reiterated during a screening event organized by the center in Jalingo, Taraba State, over the weekend.
The event, spanning all three senatorial districts of the state, was made possible through the support of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).
Acknowledging the NEDC’s contribution of approximately two thousand doses of viral hepatitis vaccines to the Taraba state government, Ajayi emphasized the importance of residents taking advantage of the ongoing free screening and treatment services.
Highlighting the potential risks of relying on traditional remedies, Ajayi noted that individuals testing positive for hepatitis B and C would receive free treatment, courtesy of the NEDC.
The comprehensive activities planned across the North, Central, and Southern parts of Taraba State include advocacy, sensitization, screening, and vaccination of two thousand patients.
These health interventions, according to him, are part of the broader health intervention program initiated by the NEDC.
Beneficiaries of the initiative expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts of the NEDC and the Yakubu Gowon Centre. Some recipients even suggested that the screenings should become a monthly occurrence throughout the state.
Several beneficiaries admitted to previously seeking remedies from herbal homes due to ignorance but pledged to take advantage of the ongoing screening and treatment provided by the center in collaboration with the NEDC.