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UGANDA | Prostitutes Cause of Hepatitis B Outbreak – MP

Wilfred Lamony Jwee
Richard Todwong
Nwoya district Member of Parliament, Richard Todwong has said the recent outbreak of Hepatitis B in the district is due to the importation of commercial sex workers from the neighboring districts of Nebbi and Kiryandongo.

Todwong alleges that business people who own bars, lodges and farms are hiring prostitutes from Pakwach town council and Karuma town board for their customers and notes that this could be the reason behind the rampant cases of sexually transmitted diseases including hepatitis B, Syphilis and HIV/AIDS among others”Health workers, please make it mandatory for everyone who visits your health facility to undergo a Hepatitis B examination if you want to fight and get rid of this deadly virus effectively,” Todwong advised.

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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