The Ugandan government is conducting a Hepatitis B vaccination drive in its 11 districts to help people suffering from Hepatitis B.
Because of the continuous rise of the number of people being infected with the said disease, the nation’s health agency has enforced the said program. The districts included are Ngora, Yumbe, Arua, Lira, Gulu, Moyo, Kitgum, Amuria, Kasese, Bukedea, and Adjumani.
At the moment, the Hepatitis B prevalence rate in those districts stands at 20%, a number that is even much higher than the country’s HIV prevalence rate which is at 7%.
Sarah Opendi, Uganda’s Minister of State for Health, said that the Hepatitis B vaccination program is quite expensive but the government has planned something out to still implement the said task. Currently, they are at the first phase of the vaccination program where several millions of dollars have already been shelled out. The second phase will cover more areas, hopefully the entire country, and it will need as much as $30 million.
A lot of the Hepatitis B victims in Uganda are poor, so they really cannot afford to get vaccination on their own. This program aims to help them protect themselves, their children, and the rest of their family to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Prior to this, Uganda already offers free vaccination to children under five years old and to those that will undergo blood transfusion in their government hospitals all over the country.
Hepatitis B, if left undiagnosed and untreated, can cause severe damage to the liver and collapse of a person’s various body systems. Therefore, it is important to prevent this disease.