By Jane Nambi
A primary student in Ngora has passed away suffering from hepatitis B which has put doctors, the school administration, parents and students on tension over the disease.
Hepatitis B is an irritation and swelling (inflammation) of the liver due to infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is can be passed from person to person as a result of intimacy, mother to child, blood transfusion, among others. Some of the symptoms of having the disease are serum-sickness–like syndrome, acute necrotizing vasculitis, among others.
Doctors have so far identified other ten students who got the virus and have been taken to Ngora Health Center IV. However, scared parents have refused to take back their children to the school for doctors to run tests and isolate the infected students. It is not clear how the student contracted the virus in the first place.
There is available cures for the disease although in extreme circumstances, it can lead to the death of the infected if not identified quickly.