Dr Atwine asks Doctors to carry out thorough tests before administering Hepatitis B treatment to patients.
Organisations conducting medical camps in various parts of the country have been cautioned against carrying out Hepatitis B Treatment. screening without giving out vaccines for the disease.
The State Minister for Health in charge of General Duties, Sarah Opendi says if they don’t have the hepatitis B vaccines, they should not carry out screening because this can cause self-satisfaction about the disease and eventually cause loss of lives because anytime one can contract the disease.
“I am cautioning you, you should not do screening when there are no vaccines. You may screen an individual and find that they have no hepatitis, but they may get it even before they leave the screening point, in the evening or tomorrow,” Minister Opendi said.”
“What would you have done to the individual, it’s useless, you must screen when there are vaccines, it’s not about knowing whether you are positive or not like in HIV scenarios,” Opendi added.
Minister Opendi made the remarks at the launch of the Rotary Family Health week at Ruhaama Health Centre III.
In this project, Rotary club members usually carry out medical camps that involve testing and treating diseases in various communities in the country.
In her message, Opendi says Hepatitis B contraction is on a high rate, nevertheless, she argued people to be conscious of the infection if at all proper prevention and treatment of the disease is to be gained in this country.
Opendi relatedly commended Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for their support towards government as far as medical service delivery is concerned.
“Fifteen years ago, only 47 per cent of Ugandans were getting services from government facilities, today we have moved on and at least 86 per cent are now getting services from government facilities. And because of this life expectancy has improved,” Minister Opendi said.
Mr Francis Xavier Ssentamu, the Rotary District Governor says the medical camps they conduct are major to complement government services.
While Beatrice Rwakimani, the Ntungamo Woman legislator said that medical camps are useful to rural areas because they easily contract a disease which cannot be diagnosed in most rural health care facilities.
The Rotary Family Health Week began on Saturday 10th until Sunday 18 of August.
In this project various illnesses are being diagnosed among those include; Hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, throat, nose and ear (ENT) infections and Dental care as well.
World Health Organisation (WHO) report states that viral hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver caused by a viral infection which attacks the liver which can lead to chronic and acute illness.
Hepatitis B is said to be a major global Health problem, and according to statistics about 780,000 people die each year of liver cancer and liver cirrhosis as a result of Hepatitis B. infection.
Last month the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Daina Atwine cautioned Doctors to carry out all necessary tests before giving out treats to Hepatitis B patients.
Dr Atwine made the remarks during the fundraising dinner for Africa Hepatitis Summit earlier in June in Kampala.
“If you test and find out the person is positive, don’t rush to administer the medicine. Sometimes Hepatitis particles found in the blood sample need to be re-examined. Some of the people might have particles of the virus in their body when they defeated the virus,” Dr Atwine stated.