Members of parliaments have tasked government to explain the delay to carry out the nationwide vaccination against Hepatitis B. Parliament allocated Shillings 10 billion in the 2015/2016 financial year for the prevention of Hepatitis B starting with the most affected areas in northern, Eastern, West Nile and parts of western Uganda.
However, the vaccination exercise is yet to kick although the disease is said to be spreading faster. This afternoon, Cecilia Atim Ogwal, the Dokolo Woman MP brought the issue on the floor of parliament as a matter of national importance.
She noted that three people had died in Dokolo district in the last one week as a result of Hepatitis B infection. Ogwal demanded to know what government was doing with the money provided for the vaccination against Hepatitis B.
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She was supported by Dr. Francis Epetait, the Ngora county MP. He said there was need for government to provide Hepatitis B testing kits in Health Centers so that those who are found negative are immediately vaccinated against the disease.
In her response, the Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa said the vaccination money had already been given to National Medical Stores, which is making arrangements to procure Hepatitis B testing kits.
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Her explanation didn\'t go down well with Ogwal. She called for nationwide vaccination as opposed to concentrating on the North and East regions.
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However, Medard Bitekyerezo, the Health Committee chairperson said it was important to start the vaccination exercise in the most affected areas.
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Hepatitis B can be defined as an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Infection with this virus can cause scarring of the liver, liver failure, liver cancer, and even death. Hepatitis B is spread by infected blood and other bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, and open sores.