For World Hepatitis Day, I hosted an event along with the Hepatitis C Trust in my constituency, to help raise awareness about hepatitis C amongst the Asian Community. Free testing was also made available onsite for residents to use.
The aim of this event was to not only raise awareness but have professionals available to discuss hepatitis C with members from the local community. Many of my constituents expressed an interest and were keen to learn more about the health consequences of hepatitis C. Information - leaflets, CDs and posters - was made available widely on the day by the Hepatitis C Trust staff to advise residents on this issue.
I would like to thank you the Hepatitis C Trust for working with me to host this event, the local councillors who attended and the Mayor of Ealing for his support. A free testing van was also set up and many people passing by got tested, with their results delivered within 20 minutes.
It is important to raise this issue publicly as HCV Action’s recent report on Health and Wellbeing Boards & Hepatitis C showed that Ealing Southall falls within the top 10 worst performing areas of England for hep C. Hep C is a health issue that often goes undetected, with the risks increasing with time. However, with early diagnosis, it can be treated and cured.
I hope to continue raising awareness of this vital health issue and encourage people who have received medical treatment abroad to request for a hep C test from their GPs.
This event was successful and I look forward to hosting other events benefitting the local and the wider community by addressing and informing on health related issues.