Kabale District Registers Low Hepatitis B Vaccination turn up – UGANDA HEALTH COMMUNICATION ALLIANCE
By By Obed Kankiriho
KABALE– Over 80% of Kabale residents eligible for the Hepatitis B Vaccine have not yet turned up to be immunized despite the vaccination campaign that has been going on in the District for almost two years.

This was revealed on Thursday during a Media engagement in which officials from the Ministry of Health in partnership with Uganda Health Communication Alliance interacted with a section of journalists and Health Officials in Kabale District, about the Hepatitis B vaccination campaign that was launched by the government in 2015.

The campaign was implemented in a phased manner starting from Northern Uganda, Eastern Uganda, and Northwestern Uganda based on the prevalence rate. The drive-in Southern and Mid-Eastern Uganda started in 2020.

According to Dr. Felix Kawooya, a medical officer attached to the Ministry of Health, 40% of the people have already been tested and about 90% who tested negative have been vaccinated, while 5% of those who tested positive are enrolled on treatment.

However, the Acting District Health Officer Kabale District Alfred Besigensi revealed that only 23,979 which is 20% of the 120,000 eligible population have received their first jab of the Hepatitis B Vaccine since the campaign reached Kabale in September 2020.

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