Adjumani health officials have declared Hepatitis B the biggest threat in the district. According to the health officials, Hepatitis B prevalence in the district stands at 11 percent.
Ann Adunia, the Adjumani district health officer says they decided to declare the disease the biggest threat since it doesn’t fall under government funding priority areas such as HIV/ Aids.
The disease is common in Adjumani town council, Pachara and Pakele Sub counties. She explains that, when they realized the disease was getting out of hand they appealed to the health ministry to come to their aid with drugs.
She says the ministry gave them 8,000 doses vaccines but they were finished because of the high demand. Adunia says they have requested for an additional 10,000 doses of Hepatitis B vaccines, which have not yet been supplied.
She attributes the escalation in the Hepatitis B infections in the district to the reckless life led by people in the region and influx of south Sudanese refugees.
According to Adunia, once they receive a new consignment of vaccines they will go ahead and carry out the third round of vaccination.
Nixon Owole, the Adjumani LC V chairperson has asked government to consider the number of refugees while sending vaccines since they also receive medical care from the local health facilities.
Currently, Adjumani is home to more than 50,000 South Sudanese refugees who fled into Uganda following clashes between government soldiers and forces loyal to Riek Machar.
Hepatitis B virus is a viral infection, which largely infects the liver. The virus can also be transmitted sexually or through the contact with the excretion of an infected person.