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Source: Government of New Caledonia

The directorate of health and social Affairs (DASS) comes to organize a large information campaign and anonymous and free screening of hepatitis B throughout the territory. Six days to make be aware of the risks of this viral infection that can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. A public health issue for the government.

Even if, since 1989, the vaccination of children against hepatitis B is mandatory in New Caledonia, it is not the same for adults : 15 people would have died of this infection in 2017 and 2018, and there are approximately 9 000 new Caledonian carriers of the virus (or 3.3% of the population). And only 22% would have knowledge and would have benefited from a follow-up during the last five years. Hence, the importance of getting tested. As Claudine, 78-year-old, who has not hesitated to participate in the operation of screening conducted by the DASS, from 3 to 27 September. “No one is ever immune to a disease,” she says. The puncture of a fingertip is quite bearable. I was well informed about this illness which I did not know large-thing, and in addition, I have been very well received ! “

The screening is carried out using a rapid test (puncture of blood from the tip of the finger) under the supervision of health professionals supervised by a biologist or medical. A blood test to confirm the results is carried out in case of a positive result.

495 people informed and screened

This campaign, which started in the Médipôle, and then in the parking lot of the former hospital Gaston-Bourret, continued in the health hub of the North to Kone, at the centre hospitalier de Poindimié, at the aerodrome of Magenta and finished at Lifou. “During these six days, 495 people have received information on hepatitis B and has been detected, details Carole Package of the public health service of the DASS. Twelve have been controlled positive.” These patients (who were unaware for the most part) have been directed to their doctor in order to conduct a comprehensive assessment and provided a follow-up.

A campaign is more important is already scheduled for next year.

The main risk factors of hepatitis B

– A close carrier of the virus– A tattoo achieved or the drug used, without material in single-use– unprotected sex…

The vaccine

Today, all the children of the territory are vaccinated three times : at birth, at two months, then eleven months, while in the Metropolis, injections are done at two, four and eleven months. The vaccine, safe and efficient, offers a protection close to 100 % against disease.

How to get vaccinated ?

Vaccination is possible at any age. It is also mandatory for certain professions (health professionals, fire brigade, ambulance…). Just contact his doctor who will prescribe three injections in six months, after having verified the absence of porting.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and/or sentence structure is not be perfect.

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