By Tinkerbel Mwila
Basic Data processed from the baseline evaluation undertaken by the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia –CIDRZ- has confirmed presence of hepatitis b among health care workers in Kalulushi District on the Copperbelt.
Speaking at the launch of the Health Care Worker Hepatitis B vaccination in Kalulushi District today, Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya said the rate of exposure among health care workers and students in the district stands at 15.7%.
In a speech read for him by Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Kennedy Malama, Dr Chilufya says the ZAMPHIA survey results have also shown an estimated 5.4% of the general population that may be exposed to hepatitis B.
He explains that hepatitis b, a viral infection that attacks the liver poses a high risk among health care workers of contracting the infection.
Government in partnership with CIDRZ has launched hepatitis b vaccination among health care workers to ensure they are protected through vaccination against hepatitis B.
At the same event, CIDRZ Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Roma Chilengi said health care workers with active infection will be placed on effective treatment.
The Copperbelt University has embarked on an initiative to plant 1 million trees to help mitigate the effects of climate change with CBU vice Chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma revealing at the symposium today that only 100 000 seedlings of eucalyptus and 400 Mukula tree seedlings would be planted beginning today.
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