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The World Health Organization has revealed that more than 124,000 Africans die every year from the consequences of undetected and untreated hepatitis which account of 26% of the global total.

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti who made this known in his message for World Hepatitis Day called on all countries to rapidly improve access to services to prevent, diagnose and treat hepatitis.

He further noted that around 4.5 million African children under five years old are infected with chronic hepatitis B, reflecting an enormous 70% of the global burden in this age group adding that the global target of less than 1% incidence of hepatitis B in children under 5 years has been reached, but the African Region is lagging behind at 2.5%. Dr.Moeti however noted that these cases could be prevented by eliminating mother-to-child transmission of the disease, during or shortly after birth and in early childhood.

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