Ugandans are ending their life prematurely after being told that they are infected with Hepatitis B.
Professor Ponsiano Ocama revealed this at a workshop to discuss Hepatitis B at Fairway Hotel on Wednesday.
He said a number of Ugandans in Northern Uganda are committing suicide due to fear of stigma and isolation from relatives and
“People have been misinformed about the disease. When they are told that they have the virus that causes the disease, others commit suicide. They just do not know what to do after,” said Ocama.Ocama is the chairperson of the National Organisation or People Living with Hepatitis B.
We are having a big problem that there is no clear information about the disease. There has been so much misinformation about it. This is what we want to change by finding a way of passing the right information to the public,” said Ocama.
The organization wants the health ministry to increase funding for the dissemination of information about Hepatitis B and also ensure that treatment is offered to those who are found with the virus.
The organization also wants a mandatory testing of Hepatitis B on antenatal cards and also to ensure that the children are vaccinated as it has been the case since 2002