Celebs support Okyeame Kwame Hepatitis Walk

By: Linda Sarfoa Antwi
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COME Saturday, July 28, some of the popular names in the entertainment industry will turn out to support Highlife musician, Okyeame Kwame on his walk against Hepatitis B.

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Some of the celebrities expected to walk with the Sika hitmaker are actors, Adjetey Annang, Prince David Osei, Ecow Smith Asante, Fella Makafui, Moesha Buduong, Victoria Lebene, singer, MzVee and many more.

The walk, organised by the Okyeame Kwame Foundation, is part of activities the musician is embarking on to mark World Hepatitis Day, which is commemorated every year on July 28.

Okyeame Kwame has been campaigning against Hepatitis B since 2009 and every year, he goes into small towns or communities, uses opinion leaders and other personalities there to educate residents on the disease and its dangers and then conducts free screening and vaccinations.

As the Rap Dacta discloses, “so far, we have screened about 8,000 people and half of that number have been vaccinated. Again, when we started this camapign, many young ladies in the various institutions were reluctant to get tested for fear of stigmatisation but for about three years now, many of them have been coming out to test and for me that is a success story,” he told Showbiz in a recent interview.

The walk is something different that the Okyeame Kwame Foundation is doing this year and he explains that it will give them an opportunity to go out there to increase the advocacy.

After the walk, participants will converge at the Silver Star Towers at Airport, Accra for other activities including cycling, aerobics among others as well as the usual screening and vaccination.

Fans of these celebrities can certainly not miss the opportunity to get close to their favourite people while also getting tested.

Stakeholders involved in the walk include the Red Cross, Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, Ghana Police Service, the army, various teachers’ associations as well as the general public.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in 2017, an estimated 325 million people worldwide were reported to be living with chronic Hepatitis B virus (HBV) or Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

The disease, which is a viral infection that attacks the liver has been classified as a public health problem especially in developing countries. According to statistics, nearly 600,000 people die annually across the world due to acute or chronic Hepatitis B.

Ghana is rated a high-risk country for Hepatitis B and C with between a 10 and 15 percent prevalence rate, a situation that requires more concerted action from all stakeholders especially government.