The Health ministry has written to Parliament requesting an additional Shs 5bn funding towards the fight of Hepatitis B in the country.
In a letter dated May 4, 2015 and addressed to the Clerk to the committee on Health of Parliament, the ministry refers to an earlier meeting held on April 30, where the parliamentary committee recommended that Shs 5bn be found in the financial year 2015/2016 to support interventions towards Hepatitis B.
In the letter, the Ministry of health permanent secretary, Dr. Asuman Lukwago, also proposed the creation of a new output called the response to Hepatitis B, to accommodate the funds.
Mr. Kenneth Kabagambe, the Executive Director of The National Organisation for People Living with Hepatitis B (NOPLHB) the lead organization in the fight against Hepatitis B, welcomed the news as a great stride in their campaign.
Kabagambe said the development was achieved by a Charity Walk they organised back in March with the objective of creating awareness on Hepatitis B, to raise the profile of Hepatitis B and to mobilize resources to strengthen the Hepatitis B Clinic at Arua Regional Referral Hospital.
“These are the fruits of charity walk. Allocating Shs 5bn has been the first ever in the history of our country,” Kabagambe told us.
He said Hepatitis B has always received less attention.
It is estimated 16 million Ugandans are at risk of contracting the disease, especially adolescents and young adults.
So far, three million Ugandans are living with Hepatitis B and most of the cases are in northern Uganda.
The Ministry of Health declared Hepatitis B a formidable epidemic disease meaning that it requires both local and international attention given to other epidemic diseases like Ebola, Marburg and HIV/AIDS.