Women at risk of Hepatitis B

A ten-year research carried out by staff of Gulu University in the department of Medicine has put expectant mothers in the region as having a high prevalence rate of contracting Hepatitis B.

The research, which began in 2004, was aimed at ascertaining the prevalence rates of Hepatitis B in the region, especially among expectant mothers.

The research was carried out at St Mary’s Hospital, Lacor and Gulu Regional Referral Hospitals by Dr Pontius Bayo, Dr Caroline Oleo, Dr Emmanuel Ochola and Dr Amos Deogratius Mwaka.

The research findings show that one in eight expectant mothers in the two pilot study hospitals is positive with the Hepatitis B virus.

In the research, more than 397 expectant mothers, attending routine antenatal care in the two hospitals were randomly sampled with 14.9 per cent testing positive.

This was revealed during the end of the project at a conference organised by Gulu University in partnership with Training Health Researchers Into Vocational Excellence in East Africa with funding from welcome trust.

about the disease Infected. Reports from the Ministry of Health indicate that 10 per cent of Ugandans are currently suffering from Hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening liver infection.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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