Ahead of the World Hepatitis Day which is commemorated every July 28, the Monitor Publications has launched a mass screening and sensitisation campaign to raise awareness about the disease.The drive, which will be done in three phases, will be conducted on July 25, August 25, and January 25, 2015 starting at 10 am till 5pm at Monitor Publications Limited premises.Ms Sarah Nalule, the brand manager, said the screening, sensitisation and vaccination clinics are open to the MPL staff as well as members of the public.“Apart from the free screening and sensitisation, people who will turn up will also get discounted vaccination shots for Hepatitis B. This is a way of giving back to our readers because we realise that the vaccine is expensive in the few health facilities that have it,” Ms Nalule said.She also said: “The exercise is open to staff as well as the general public and the screening will be free of charge whereas the vaccination shots have been discounted to only Shs25,000 down from Shs50,000 – but the main agenda for this activity is to create awareness about this disease that is silently killing Ugandans.”
stronFacts about Hepatitis B stronAccording to the World Health Organisation, Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). The virus interferes with the functions of the liver and causes pathological damage. A small percentage of infected people cannot get rid of the virus and become chronically infected – these people are at higher risk of death from cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.HBV is spread by contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person – the same way as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). However, HBV is 50 to 100 times more infectious than HIV.The disease is majorly transmitted from mother to baby at birth , from child-to-child, unsafe injections and transfusions and through unprotected sexual contact.Like HIV, Hepatitis B has no cure although there are drugs that are used to treat the symptoms.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor