UPDF Joins Hepatitis B Fight in Karamoja, Uganda.

The Uganda peoples Defense Force doctors have joined other health officers in Karamoja region to contain the escalating Hepatitis B.

The UPDF doctors are currently targeting institutions such as schools where they do sensitization programs, testing of students, teachers and vaccinate those who are not affected by the virus. The disease has hit the region with Moroto regional referral hospital receiving a total of 175 people weekly who voluntarily go for the test.

According to Dr. Filbert Nyeko, the Moroto regional hospital director, out of 700 people who turned up for the test last month, 15% of them were positive. “The disease is there and we need a collective effort to stop it.

Dr. Nyeko of the Regional Referral Hospital has hailed the UPDF doctors to fight against the virus saying more effort was needed to rescue the lives of the people from the disease and has said the regional referral hospital was considering opening a clinic to handle Hepatitis B cases and those who will be tested positive will get treatment from the clinic.

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