Afenyo-Markin dedicates birthday to Hepatitis B awareness creation in Efutu constituency

The Majority Leader and Member of Parliament for Efutu Constituency, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has dedicated his birthday to raising awareness about Hepatitis B.

The move is to intensify the fight against the disease which the Efutu Municipality grapples with a surge in cases.

About 960 people out of 14,000 screened have tested positive for Hepatitis B in the Efutu Municipality of the Central Region, prompting authorities to intensify efforts to combat the spread and treatment of the virus.

A campaign was launched in September 2023 to raise awareness and establish a program to screen and treat patients who test positive for the virus. Since then, 961 cases have been identified and placed on treatment, with some showing significant signs of improvement.

To sustain the campaign, the MP has dedicated his birthday as an annual Hepatitis B Awareness Day within the municipality.

This year, 191 inmates and 300 staff at the Winneba local prisons, as well as 491 residents, were screened for Hepatitis B.

Afenyo-Markin also donated a television set, food, and drinks to the inmates.

Authorities have stepped up efforts to create awareness, curb the spread, and test and treat people, especially in specific zones within the municipality identified as hotspots for the virus.

Meanwhile, the Winneba prisons have appealed for the prisons’ accommodation challenge and other issues to be addressed, as the MP’s gesture is timely and prudent considering the overcrowded nature of the cells.

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