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Gov’t to Guard Against Hepatitis B In West Nile

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The MP promised to embark on a grassroots mobilisation to prepare her people for the testing and screening of the virus before the programme kicks off.


The State Minister for Primary Health Care, Sarah Opendi Ochieng, head earlier on told Parliament that the ministry is planning to start mass immunisation screening and vaccinations against Hepatitis B.


“Due to lack of funds, the ministry will carry out a pilot study in the first phase of the project which will cost Shs 25bn,” Opendi said.


She further noted that the exercise will cover 11 districts; Yumbe, Moyo, and Ajumani inclusive.


However Jack Wamai, MP Mbale municipality, expressed concerns as to why the ministry is only considering a few districts instead of the whole country.


Opendi explained that government is constrained due to lack of funds, since it would take Shs 80bn to cover the entire country.

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