Kitgum Starts Mass Hepatitis B Vaccination

2118 Views Kitgum, Uganda

In short
The district has a prevalence rate of 20 percent, twice the national rate estimated at 10 percent. The exercise targets at least 95,000 people from Kitgum and the neighbouring districts of Lamwo, Agago and Pader among others.

Kitgum district health department has today launched the mass vaccination drive against Hepatitis B virus.
 
The exercise was flagged off by the Chief Administrative Officer Joseph Lomongin in the presence of other leaders at the district headquarters.
 
Kitgum is one of the districts to benefit from the second phase of the national vaccination campaign against the deadly virus.
  
The vaccines have been dispatched to all government health centres with the exception of Pajimu Health Centre III in Akwang Sub-County, which does not have a functioning refrigeration system.
 
Jackson Omona, the Kitgum district chairperson has asked the public to go for the exercise diligently and report any abuse of the vaccines like theft or demands for payment from the government health facilities.
  

//Cue in: 'Ma Acholi…
 Cue out: …miya abich."//
 
CAO Lomongin advised against getting shots of the vaccine from business-minded people and clinics. He accused them of administering counterfeit medicines to the masses some of which are expired and poorly stored.
 
//Cue in: "There are other…
 Cue out: …even the hospitals."//
 
In the district several clinics and medical centres offer the vaccination services ranging from 35,000 to 70,000 shillings per dose.
 
The district has a prevalence rate of 20 percent, twice the national rate estimated at 10 percent. The exercise targets at least 95,000 people from Kitgum and the neighbouring districts of Lamwo, Agago and Pader among others.
 
Hepatitis B is a disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus that results into acute and chronic infections of mainly the liver. The virus is transmitted by exposure to infectious blood or body fluids through unprotected sexual intercourse, at the time of birth or through unsafe blood transfusions among others.

 

About the author

Annet Lekuru
Annet Lekuru is the Uganda Radio Network bureau chief for Arua. She is new in this post, assigned August 2016. However, she is no stranger to URN subcribers and readers.

Lekuru started her journalism career in 2011 with training from Radio Paris where she worked until April 2015. She started writing for URN in May 2015 as a freelance reporter.

Lekuru loves and continues to admire URN because of the reporter privilege to identify and report on issues close to one's heart which offers an opportunity to the reporter to develop a passion in a beat and report on it exhaustively.

With a background training in Conflict Sensitive Journalism she hopes to graduate into doing remarkable and recognised human rights and human interest stories in the near future.

She is interested in reporting on issues of justice, law, human rights and health.