Hepatitis B Infections: Hundreds Dropped from Army Recruitment Exercise

2878 Views Lira, Uganda

In short
Lt. Telephor Turyamumanya, the 5th Division military spokesman says majority of the applicants tested positive for Hepatisis B.

Hundreds of applicants in Lira district who showed up for enrollment into the army were rejected after they tested Hepatitis B positive. More than 1000 applicants from Otuke, Alebtong and Lira districts turned up for the recruitment exercise at Akii-Bua memorial stadium in Lira town on Tuesday.
The applicants who mostly aged between 19 and 25 years, were subjected to a 5km run, basic military drills and medical tests. However, only 59 passed the screening exercise. Lt. Telephor Turyamumanya, the 5th Division military spokesman says majority of the applicants tested positive for Hepatitis B.
It is an infectious inflammatory illness of the liver caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV) that affects humans. The virus is transmitted by exposure to infected body fluids including blood, semen and vaginal fluids. Turyamumanyasays infections were the major reason many applicants were kicked out.
//Cue in: “We had several …
Cue out: … been the case.”//
Lt. Turyamumanya says some youths were rejected on grounds of having forged academic documents, ringworm, scars, and other forms of deformities. Col. Stephano Mugerwa, head of recruitment team at 5th Division military headquarters and also the Division Operations and Training Officer says a total of 154 shall be recruited as regular soldiers while 21 will taken to specialized units from the eight districts  Lira, Apac, Amolatar, Dokolo, Alebtong, Otuke, Kole and Oyam. The ministry of defense is currently involved in a countrywide recruitment of about 3,000 soldiers.


Tagged with: updf updf recruitment

About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.