The County Government of Uasin Gishu on Saturday joined the rest of the world in marking World Hepatitis B day an event in the health calendar that is Commemorated on 27th July, every year
The event is meant to raise public awareness on hepatitis as well as working towards its eradication.
Globally viral hepatitis B and C affect 325 million people. However, only 1 in 10 of these people have been tested and only 1 in 5 have received treatment. Viral hepatitis slowly and silently degrades a persons’ health leading to cirrhosis and liver cancer, which is emerging as one of leading cancer in the world today.
Speaking while leading the county in marking the day Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor H.E Hon. Daniel Chemno said that while testing and treatment is key to addressing the virus one must have a clear vision to eliminate it.
He further noted that the County Department of Health Services has placed emphasis on ensuring well-equipped laboratories and adequate staff in all facilities which have enabled the public to access testing services.
Hepatitis is preventable, treatable and therefore, there is no need for our people to perish unnecessarily. All people should practice better personal hygiene and boil water that’s meant for drinking to ensure its safety,” Said Chemno.
On his part, Health Chief Officer Dr. Gregory Ondieki emphasized on the need to get tested and seeking treatment immediately as one focuses on eliminating the disease.
He further noted that people who are at risk of getting infected include those who inject themselves with drugs, engaging in unprotected sexual contact and receiving contaminated blood or ingesting contaminated food or water.
The Chief Officer urged the public to live responsibly and visit health facilities regularly for check-ups to curb developing illnesses.