Chavah Foundation, a non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has embarked on a massive Hepatitis B health screening which benefitted some young adults at the Tema General Hospital.
The event was made possible by the able support of Pay Angel, a Payment Solutions provider serving Africans within the diaspora with remittances and payment solutions to Individuals and Businesses across Africa.
It was also aimed at conscientizing young adult girls and boys about the dangers of the disease.
The exercise was aimed at young adults with a key focus on girls between the ages of 13 and 25.
The programme had a total of 83 beneficiaries in total. 73 girls and ten boys.
The platform also served as an opportunity for the organisers to teach the girls about hepatitis B preventive measures and most importantly vaccinate the beneficiaries to avoid the spread of the disease.
The event formed part of Chavah Foundation’s quarterly event, organised in collaboration with Pay Angel (Africa’s Payment Expert).
The activity was aimed to cover youth within the Tema and Ashaiman Metropolis in the Greater Accra region.
Chavah Foundation seeks to support and provide for Orphans with Special needs, Orphans with HIV, Abused Orphans, Orphans with deformities among others.
In a brief interaction with the media, the Founder and Director of Chavah Foundation, Beverly Asamoah Jecty, mentioned that the foundation is committed to making a positive impact in the lives of vulnerable children and young people in our community and country Ghana.
Beverly was the 2nd Runner Up for Miss Ghana 2002 and has represented Ghana in several international pageants namely Miss Earth 2002 (Philippines) Miss Tourism World 2002 (Turkey) Miss World 2015 (Orlando USA) and Miss International 2017 (West Virginia).
“Chavah and indeed beneficiaries of the event are very much grateful to Pay Angel for their immense contribution towards ensuring the good health of the youth in our society. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) causes a lifelong liver disease, chronic hepatitis B (CHB), which leads to cirrhosis of the liver in almost one-quarter of infected individuals and exponentially increases the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma CHB prevalence. It is higher in certain parts of the world like Asia and Africa,” she revealed.
Furthermore, she said “Several studies have shown a variety of reasons for the low test regime of hepatitis (HBV), among which but not limited to; Access to healthcare and cost associated, Perception towards prevention, Religious beliefs, Lack of knowledge and Stigma and myth.”
She further added “Although the programme was designed for 50 young adult girls, we had a total of 83 in total; 73 girls and 10 boys.”
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