TAMSA: KIUT HEPATITIS B VACCINATION EXERCISE CONTINUES

TAMSA: KIUT HEPATITIS B VACCINATION EXERCISE CONTINUES

This is to notify all Kampala International University in Tanzania (KIUT) staff and students that another registration for Hepatitis B Vaccination being organized by Tanzania Medical Students’ Association (TAMSA) through the Directorate of Students Affairs, KIUT, will commence from 18th January – 6th February, 2018. The registration exercise is particularly for students and staff members who did not participate in the first exercise. On the same note, the second dose of the Vaccination will be given on 10th and 11th February, 2018 respectively. Therefore, interested staff members are to register at the Students’ Affairs Office, while interested students are to register with their various class representatives.

Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is a major global health problem. It can cause chronic infection and puts people at high risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer. A vaccine against hepatitis B has been available since 1982. The vaccine is 95% effective in preventing infection and the development of chronic disease and liver cancer due to hepatitis B.

Below are more facts about HBV (Source: World Health Organization – WHO)

  • Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease.
  • The virus is transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person.
  • An estimated 257 million people are living with hepatitis B virus infection (defined as hepatitis B surface antigen positive).

Out of 600 students and some staff members that enrolled for the first dose of the vaccination, 590 students were vaccinated, while 10 others who were discovered to be already infected with the virus (though at the early stage), were not vaccinated (owing to the existence of the virus in their bodies), but rather given a referral letter to the National Hospital, Muhimbili for further medical care and attention.

This vaccination call comes as a preventive measure for KIUT students and staff, owing to the death of some students because of Hepatitis recently.

For more information on the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) follow this link from the World Health Organization (WHO):

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs204/en/

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!!!

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