Nwoya district secretary for health and education Geoffrey Ojok says three sub counties of Purongo, Anaka and Anaka town council have the highest numbers of Hepatitis B cases.
Ojok notes that the first case was reported in Anaka town council in December last year after a primary one pupil together with seven members of her family were diagnosed with the disease. He however says they were treated and all recovered.
“As a result of the outbreak, the district instituted a task force to carry out massive mobilization and sensitisation of the community to encourage people to go for Hepatitis B medical tests and treatment,” Ojok said
He added that, “Early this year 2015, many cases of Hepatitis B disease infections were also reported in Corner Oliwyo and Purongo trading centre in Purongo Sub County and Agung trading centre in Anaka sub county situated along the Karuma-Pakwach –Arua high way where commercial sex businesses is very high.”
The Nwoya district health officer Dr. Janet Oola who confirmed this report encouraged people to go for medical check up to ascertain their health status to enable them guard against the deadly disease.
“Always visit a health facility for medical check up to know your health status and embark on immediate treatment once diagnosed with the deadly infection because you can be cured” Oola said.
Published: Apr 08, 2015. By Wilfred Lamony
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