Rotary and Rotaract clubs in Awka and surrounding towns have organized a three kilometer awareness walk and free tests to celebrate World Hepatitis Day.
The clubs comprised of members from Rotary Club of Awka, Awka Central, and students from Rotaract Club of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Agulu, Club of Awka GRA and Amawbia.
Correspondent Daniel Ezeigwe reports that according to World Health Organization, WHO, one person dies every thirty seconds from a hepatitis related illness, with hepatitis B and C, the most common which resulting in one-point-one million deaths and three million new infections per year.
It is in view of these scary figures that Rotary Clubs in Awka and their subordinate body, Rotaract, took to the streets in Awka in commemoration of this year’s occasion to speak to people on the dangers of the disease and how they can avoid it through early and regular checkups and treatments.
The three kilometer awareness walk which resumed from Arroma Junction ended at UNIZIK Junction where people were given free hepatitis test and results on the spot.
Lending her voice to the occasion, the President of Rotary Club of Awka, Rotarian Evelyn Nworjieke, said that considering the ravages of hepatitis as one of the commonest killer ailments in modern society, the clubs thought is necessary to take WHO’s message about the collective eradication of the disease to the people.
On their parts, the President of Rotary Club of Awka Central, Rotarian Onyekachi Iruka and his Nnamdi Azikiwe University counterpart, Rotaractor Glenn Onwudiwe, said that Rotary Club International being a service organization that is concerned about disease prevention across the world is interested in strong awareness creation on the ravages of hepatitis in all corners of the state.
The members of the club had earlier visited the office of the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, Dr. Uche Nworah to brief him on their activities for the day.