Medical experts screening for Hepatitis B tests in Kasambya county.

HEPATITIS B CLAIMS FOUR LIVES IN MUBENDE

By Mugwanya George William

The serious disease proved to be Hepatitis B by health officials in Mubende has claimed four lives leaving 20 down since it broke out in the district few months ago.

Hepatitis B is a major liver infection of global concern caused by health Hepatitis B Virus and is responsible for substantial disease of death and this can result into as either acute chronic liver disease.

According to health ,this disease is a primary liver infection, and results into far-reaching spectrum of disorders in other body organs like heart disease, kidney, skin, bones, the brains and at times the nerves to hospitalization and cancer of the liver whose end point is approximately deaths.

The cases are reported in Kasambya County in the sub counties of Kibalinga, Bagezza, Kigando and Kasambya Town council in Mubende district; where the only government health facility in the area Kasambya Health Centre III went short of Hepatitis B Drugs for medical administration, and the only way the patients seek medical service from private service providers at an exorbitant price or being to Mubende Regional Referral hospital.

The patient enrollment at Kasambya Health Center III has grown to over 300 patients a day yet with limited manpower and resources, hence the need to elevate it to Health Center IV status for easy acquisition of modern medical tools and experts.

According to Dr Kiwalabye John Kisembo the In-charge at Kasambya Health Center , they are has limited apparatus at their exposure to manage the epidemic hence the need for referrals to other health facilities.

This epidemic disaster has forced the area Member of Parliament Hon Anold Gaffa Mbwatekamwa to embark on massive data collection to seek urgent intervention from the ministry of health, and also declare Mubende district one of the most Hepatitis B hit districts that should be given a supplementary budget if need be, to address the matter and save people’s Lives.

He revealed this arrangement during a one-week health Camp at where medical experts have been screening for Hepatitis B tests, with results indicating that over 21% new cases have been registered out of the 863 people tested.

Recently ministry of Health and the National Drugs Authority approved only 8 private facilities to administer Hepatitis B vaccinations i.e Mengo Hospital, Rubaga Hospital, Norvic Hospital, Case Hospital, Nakasero, Nsambya and Kibuli Hospitals which can hardly be accessed by patients from the country-sides like Mubende.

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