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Ministry of Health Calls For Repeat of Hepatitis B Vaccination :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Ministry of Health Calls For Repeat of Hepatitis B Vaccination

Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health while addressing the media on Friday said that the tests conducted on the drugs by a joint team from the World Health Organisation-WHO, NDA and the government revealed that the drugs had a low potency level with minimal efficacy to ensure immunity against Hepatitis B.
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The Ministry of Health has asked people who got the Hepatitis B to go back and be vaccinated. This comes after a year-long analysis on the fake Hepatitis B drugs that infiltrated the market.

Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health while addressing the media on Friday said that the tests conducted on the drugs by a joint team from the World Health Organisation-WHO, NDA and the government revealed that the drugs had a low potency level with minimal efficacy to ensure immunity against Hepatitis B.

She, however, said that the tests did not show any hazardous content in both the original and fake vaccines.

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Aceng also says that due to the poor quality of the drug, people who got immunized from the health facilities should be re-vaccinated from a government facility and a private facility recommended by Ministry of health.

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Aceng states that they have made some arrests in regards to the diversion of the vaccines, which were externally altered to remove off the "Government of Uganda and Not for sale labels."

Helen Byomire Ndagije, the Director of Product Safety at NDA says they have put in place strong measures to ensure that there are no counterfeit vaccines in the market.

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Last year, the National Drug Authority-NDA discovered counterfeit Hepatitis B vaccines that were circulating on the Ugandan market.

The affected health facilities were; Family Doctors' Clinic- Ntungamo, UMC Hospital-Bukoto, Malcolm Health Care-Kisaasi and Kampala Medical Chambers. Others are Mbarara Community Hospital, Devine Mercy, Mbarara City Clinic and Mayanja Memorial Hospital.

The immunization camps that had fake drugs were at Mbale Central Market and Mbarara University camp, which was organized by Sanyu Medical Centre, Katabi-Entebbe.

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