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1200 People Died of Hepatitis B, C in The Last Three Years

About 1250 people have died of Hepatitis B and C alone in Uganda for the past three years, the government has disclosed.

This was in the Media Breakfast meeting on Hepatitis in Kampala ahead of the World Hepatitis Day that is on 28th of August 2023 with the national commemoration ceremony set to be held at Kazo district playgrounds.

Dr Rachel Beyagira, the Technical Hepatitis Office in the Ministry of Health says that 6 percent of the population of Uganda is chronically infected with Hepatitis by the year 2020.

She says that Mid North has the highest infection that stands at 4.6% followed by Karamoja with 4.4%, East and Central both at 2.7% yet Kampala has the lowest cases of 1.9%.

Dr Kaggwa Mugagga, World Health Organization (WHO) Country Advisor on HIV, Hepatitis and STDs says that eight interventions have been put in place to combat hepatitis globally including birth dose interaction, lobbying for more finances and sensitizing the community on prevention, testing and treatment.

Dr. Richard Kabanda, Commissioner of Health Promotion and Education and Communication in the Ministry of Health says such commemorations re-awaken and caution the public to keep on being safe from infections.

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