Apac. Authorities in Apac District have ordered compulsory vaccination of all health workers, children under five years and students of health training institutions in the district against Hepatitis B virus.
Dr Mathew Emer, the district health officer, said vaccination of health workers against Hepatitis B is in line with the rules of Ministry of Health.
Hepatitis B is an infectious disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus which causes inflammation of the liver.
Addressing a press conference in Apac Town on Wednesday, Dr Emer said the purpose of the vaccination is to reduce the risk of transmission from health workers to patients they treat or vice versa.
“We have decided to start with health workers because they are most at risk. The risk is higher because they can contract the virus while they operate upon and treat patients in health facilities,” Dr Emer said.
“We are going to move to all the 32 health facilities in the district to make sure that all our health workers are vaccinated. The health workers should also take it upon themselves to ensure they are vaccinated,” he added.
Facts about hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is caused by the Hepatitis B virus. It affects the liver. The disease is a major cause of death in Uganda.
It is responsible for an overwhelming 70 per cent of the cases of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer in Uganda.
There are about 3.5 million people living with chronic Hepatitis B virus in Uganda, which is about 10 per cent of the population.
Karamoja, West Nile and Lango sub-regions are worst affected with prevalence of 25 per cent.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor