It said in a statement that it would address the issue of hepatitis, which had become a major public health concern responsible for needless loss of lives in Nigeria, especially in recent times.
According to the statement, hepatitis which is tagged as one of the silent killers with a record of about five million deaths annually by a February 2018 report, shows that Nigeria had one of the highest prevalence of hepatitis B infections in the world in 2016.
“It is quite disheartening to note that while deaths attributed to other diseases of great public concern are on the decline, the same cannot be said about viral hepatitis which seems to witness a steady rise in fatalities despite advances made in prevention and treatment,” it stated.
These surveys, it added, had been carried out by organisations of repute such as the Global Burden of Disease, a non-governmental body, as well as the World Health Organisation.
The situation was made even more worrisome considering the limited number of health facilities as well as experts who had to contend with the large number of patients, considering the population and size of the country, it stated.