Efforts are being made by African countries to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
The first-ever WHO global health strategy aimed at preventing and treating the disease is being implemented on the continent.
Hepatitis B, a viral infection that attacks the liver and is spread through contact with blood and bodily fluids, is highly endemic in Africa and affects an estimated 100 million people.
Globally, 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it and just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated.
The disease had been previously neglected Dr Frank Lule told Amina Hassan, adding that more is being done to stop future infections.