Kasese District Runs Out Of Hepatitis B Vaccines


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Kasese district health department has run out of the hepatitis B vaccines and also has no vaccination center.

Kasese district health department has run out of the hepatitis B vaccines and is also suffering from lack of a vaccination center.

The district is only relying on private sector health facilities like Bishop Masereka medical center, Kagando hospital and Ebenezer health center which charge a lot of money from patients who seek vaccination and treatment of the deadly liver disease.

The last consignment of vaccines from the ministry was sent to the district in 2014.

According to Stella Baruga, the Kasese District Assistant Health Officer In-charge of maternal child health, whatever is being done to treat and vaccination of Hepatitis B patients is under private health sector arrangements.

Baruga says that district health department has not been able to establish a treatment and vaccination center due to inadequate funding from the health ministry specifically towards Hepatitis b treatment and vaccination.

The situation has left many hepatitis B patients and those that could seek early vaccination of the deadly disease in huge costs of seeking Hepatitis B services in private health facilities.

Reports from the National Organization of Persons Living with Hepatitis B (NOPLHB) puts the hepatitis B prevalence rates of Kasese at 10 percent against the national figure of  8 percent.

Kenneth Kabagambe, the executive director of NOPLHB while addressing Kasese district stakeholders at Virina gardens in Kasese town on Saturday revealed that 80 percent of the liver cancer cases registered at Uganda viral institute are as a result of Hepatitis B.

Kabagambe therefore urged Kasese leaders to lay out achievable strategies of fighting the epidemic disease with focus on budgetary allocations to purchasing of testing kits and medical treatment of the disease than relying on private health sectors and the health ministry.

In 2014, the ministry of health sent to Kasese a consignment of Hepatitis B vaccines and it was meant for the vaccination of district health workers but its accountability was never realized.

It's upon this background that the ministry stopped sending any other Hepatitis B vaccines to the district until it account for the previous one.

But according to Steven Bagonza the Kasese district vaccination officer, the Hepatitis B vaccines were mishandled by the district health office.