Govt urged to carryout massive sensitization on Hepatitis B
Government is being advised to sensitize the public more about Hepatitis B as few people are aware of the disease . The World Health Organization(WHO) estimates that 257 million people are living with hepatitis B virus. About 1% of these (2.7 million people) are also infected with HIV.
Speaking to Crooze fm, Dr. Amon Mugume of Makenke health Centre ,in Mbarara says Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening infection which can cause chronic liver infection and puts people at high risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Mugume notes that the disease spreads through unprotected sex with an infected person, from mother to child at birth , exposure to infected blood and body fluids, adding that most people do not experience any symptoms during the acute infection phase, although some get acute illness with symptoms like yellowing of the skin and eyes.
However, Hepatitis B can be prevented by the currently available vaccine which is 95% effective if treated early.