Dr Fredrick Byenume, the Hoima district Health Inspector told Uganda Radio Network on Thursday Morning that blood samples taken from the deceased tested negative to Ebola. He however says the blood samples tested positive to Hepatitis B an indication that the deceased died of Hepatitis B and ulcers.
The private health facilities that have been cleared to provide the Hep B Vaccine are: Nsambya Hospital, Kibuli Hospital, Mengo Hospital, Rubaga Hospital, International Hospital Kampala IHK, Norvik Hospital, Case Hospital and Nakasero Hospital. District Health Officers DHOs and Resident District Commissioners RDCs have been instructed to ensure that the directive stopping private facilities from administering the vaccine is complied with.
Government ministers took over the moment of laying wreaths on behalf of the opposition, whose absence was not explained. Ruth Nankabirwa, the Government chief whip laid the wreath on behalf of the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, while Chris Baryomunsi the State for Housing laid the wreath on behalf of Secretary-General Forum for Democratic Change Nandala Mafabi.
Kaberamaido district is stuck with a total of 50,000 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine. The doses are part of the 130,000 doses of vaccine sent to the district by the Ministry of Health in 2016 to vaccinate people against the viral infection. The unspent 50,000 doses can still provide three doses to about 15,000 people.
The Ministry of Health has announced that it will start procuring the appropriate medicine for hepatitis B infected people in Uganda. The ministry estimates 3.5 million Ugandans to be living with hepatitis B.
Moroto district health officer, Dr Abubaker Lubega, may be in trouble after the Hepatitis B vaccines worth 900 million shillings expired in the stores. Information obtained by URN indicates that 18,000 doses of Hepatitis B vaccines were exposed to high temperatures leading to their expiry.
The biggest complaints are coming from Lango and districts in Acholi where government has intensified efforts to vaccinate adults against hepatitis B. Complaints are also coming from Sembabule district where those seeking to be vaccinated were asked to pay 30,000 Shillings per shot. One needs three shots of the vaccine to be protected against the virus.
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.
The verification exercise by the Ministry of Finance in April 2016 indicates that the Health ministry failed to procure anti-retroviral drugs for treatment of people who have tested positive with the virus, estimated at 3.5 million.
The auditors have been in the field for the last one week and are expected to visit all private but not-for-profit facilities that received the vaccines. It is alleged they sold the drugs to clients between 30,000 and 75,000 Uganda shillings.