Jinja has been hit by Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). As of yesterday morning, 3 deaths had been reported in Walukuba Housing Estate, all relating to HBV though we couldn’t independently verify the number.
“I have had the benefit of finding out, it’s true 3 people who have been identified as having Hepatitis B and many had turned up for immunization at Walukuba Health Centre,” said Jinja East Legislator Paul Mwiru, who is also a resident of the said Walukuba Housing Estate. “I can also confirm that the immunization vaccine is there,” he added.
Unknown to many, HBV isn’t spread by contact as has been widely said. Some residents are currently skeptical about shaking hands, thinking they might contract HBV through contact.
We tried contacting the Walukuba Health Centre administration but our attempts, by the time of publishing this article, went unanswered. We however got information from someone who seems to be a medic at the Health Centre.
“Hepatitis B is an infection of your liver. It can be fatal if it isn’t treated…”
“I was at the Healthy Centre today but the number (of people coming in) is overwhelming and to make matters worse power was off but we have made some steps to have power. So we shall be able to take a good number of patients tomorrow.”
It is evident steps are being taken to contain and neutralize the situation though sensitization needs to be sped up, according to Mr. Mwiru Paul, the area Member of Parliament.
Hepatitis B is an infection of your liver. It can be fatal if it isn’t treated as it can cause scarring of the organ, liver failure, and cancer. The virus is spread when people come in contact with the blood, open sores, or body fluids of someone who has the HBV. The good news is that most cases of the disease don’t last a long time. Your body fights it off within a few months, and you’re immune for the rest of your life. That means you can’t get it again.
When you’re first infected, the warning signs include:
- Jaundice where your skin or the whites of the eyes turn yellow, and your pee turns brown or orange.
- Light-colored poop
- Fatigue that persists for weeks or months
- Stomach trouble like loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting
- Belly pain
Symptoms may not show up until 1 to 6 months after you catch the virus. You may not feel anything, and about a third of the people with this disease don’t. They only find out through a blood test.
So guys, go get tested today.