Friday, 23 December 2016

Hepatitis on the rise in UCH Ibadan

University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan has expressed concern over a high incidence of hepatitis, a deadly infection that causes liver cirrhosis and cancer, among its work force.

UCH’s Chief Medical Director, Professor Temitope Alonge made the disclosure at a grand round on hepatitis in the hospital to alert its staffers on the finding and steps the hospitals was taken to curtail the problem.

According to him, “In our mortality report, we found also a slight increase in the number of liver cancer. This prompted our choice of the grand round.”

He said the hospital was already in talk with the Health Management organisation that the staff had professional indemnity with since hepatitis in a hospital setting was a hospital acquired infection.

Alonge assured that no staff will be left out of the exercise, that was to start screening and treatment for hepatitis by January.

Professor Samuel Ola, a consultant gastroenterologist,  declared that UCH, Ibadan like Nigeria was hyper endemic for hepatitis and that between 50 and 80 per cent of the hospitals’ staff may be infected with the hepatitis virus.

Hmmm🤔🤔🤔🤔. If you work in or know someone that works in UCH, please encourage them to get tested.

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