Dr. Eric Yoshida at “Let’s Talk About B” launch

After years of lobbying, B.C.’s Ministry of Health is spending $400,000 on a hepatitis B education program aimed at immigrants from Asia who are most likely to be chronically ill with the disease.The provincial government and S.U.C.C.E.S.S (an immigrant services agency) have launched a new program they hope will help combat hepatitis B in immigrant communities.The program called “Let’s Talk About B." (watch Fairchild TV News in Cantonese)

Reported by Global News and Vancouver Sun, Dr. Yoshida (a CCMSBC Life member) talked about the program at the program launch:

“The long-term effects for those with undiagnosed and untreated hepatitis B are extremely serious,” says the head of the Division of Gastroenterology at UBC, Dr. Eric Yoshida. “25 to 30 per cent of these patients will die early because of cirrhosis or cancer. This program will go a long way to helping those with hepatitis B live longer, healthier lives.”

“Asian communities in British Columbia will be well-served by a program like this one,” said MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, Naomi Yamamoto. “The long-term effects of a disease like hepatitis B can be devastating, and I know the program will help many immigrants get the support and treatment they need.” (SUCCESS photo: from left: Dr. Yoshida, Health Minister Terry Lake, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, Naomi Yamamoto and SUCCESS CEO Queenie Choo)

More details about the program: http://www.hepb.successbc.ca/