PS Atwine Directs Hepatitis B Vaccination for Luweero Health Workers

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Patrick Mwesigwa, the Chairperson Luweero District Health Committee, says they want the Ministry to roll out mass vaccination against Hepatitis B to protect residents from contracting the disease.

The Health Ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine has directed that all medical workers in Luweero district be vaccinated against Hepatitis B. She says the move is aimed at protecting the health workers from contracting Hepatitis B while handling patients.

 
Dr. Atwine directed the Health Office on Friday to register all health workers in the district who haven't been vaccinated and send the list to the Health Ministry to release the required vaccines.


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Her comments stem from appeals from Health workers and residents for the free mass vaccination campaign, citing increasing cases of Hepatitis B infection in the district. According to the Luweero Health Center IV Hepatitis B status report for year 2018, 29 out of the 435 people who tested for Hepatitis B were positive.

 
Namugera Nkokonyole, the LC 1 Chairperson Kakoolo zone in Luweero town, says his 23-year-old son is battling with Hepatitis B. He however, says his son hasn't received any treatment from Luweero Health Center IV since he was tested. Nkokonyole says his son is currently receiving treatment from private hospitals in Kampala.
 

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Patrick Mwesigwa, the Chairperson Luweero District Health Committee, says they want the Ministry to roll out mass vaccination against Hepatitis B to protect residents from contracting the disease. Mwesigwa says each does of Hepatitis B, costs Shillings 30.000 in private facilities. Each person requires three doses administered in separate intervals.
 

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Doctor Wilson Byakuno, the in Charge of Luweero Health Center IV has welcomed the intervention by Ministry, saying health workers have been at great risk of contracting the disease. He also says they don't have Hepatitis B vaccines at the facility despite the increasing number of infections in the district.


The prevalence of hepatitis B in Luweero district is still unknown. However, the 2016 Uganda Population HIV Impact Assessment (UPHIA) shows the prevalence of active hepatitis B infection among adults stood at 4.3% (5.6% among men and 3.1% among women across the country.



The report reveals that Hepatitis B prevalence was highest in the Northern Region: Mid North (4.6%), followed by North East (4.4%), and West Nile (3.8%). Hepatitis B infection was lower in the rest of the country with a range of 0.8% in the South West region to 2.7% in East Central Region. 

Recently, a resident of Kyetume Village in Nakaseke succumbed to the Hepatitis B viral disease. According to district authorities, Hepatitis B has claimed more than 10 lives in the past two years.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.