The theme for this summit is: “Eliminating Viral Hepatitis in Africa; Implementing the viral hepatitis strategy.”
The health ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine,said it is hard for Uganda to consolidate gains against Hepatitis B with highly infected neighbours....
Only one-in-10 people infected has taken the test, and only a handful of countries where the disease is most prevalent have ensured the vaccine's widespread...
Hepatitis B is an infection that causes scarring of organs, liver failure and cancer.
They are only being released to health facilities that accounted of vaccines they received earlier this year
The Uganda HIV/AIDS Sero-behavioral survey 2004-2005 showed that 1 in 10 adults (10%) in Uganda was infected with hepatitis B at the time
A 2007 study on Virology and Clinical Management of Hepatitis B indicates that HIV positive people do not respond as well to Hepatitis B vaccination.
Statistics from Ministry of Health show that Uganda is one of the countries most affected by Hepatitis B.
"We have a falsified vaccine and we know how it was falsified and we have confirmed its potency is low and that the vaccine was damaged."
Diana Atwine said hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV.
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