Hepatitis B breaks out at Karuma hydro power project area|GMEPA NEWS


Said Engola


There is suspicion that Hepatitis B, one of the deadly diseases seems to have broken out among workers   at Karuman hydro power project in Kirynadongo district.

Bosco Odangwe, the community liaison officer attached to Sino hydro power corporation limited that is constructing  Karuma Hydro power dam disclosed that four of their employees including two Chinese and two employees who were recruited locally seems to be having symptoms of Hepatitis B.

Odangwe disclosed this during sanitation hygiene meeting for Karuma town board in Mutunda sub county Kiryandongo district that was  organize by the local council one chairperson, Severino Opiyo Olunya  whose theme was to “keeps Karuma clean” held at Karuma primary school on Monday evening.

Odangwe however declined to mention the names of employees who are suspected to be battling Hepatitis B illness. He disclosed that, the symptoms have caused panic among employees since the disease is so dangerous to humanity.

He called for the intervention of Kiryandongo district health department into the matter by administering vaccines against hepatitis B in to the people laeving within Karuma hydro power project area.

Meanwhile, the health assistant in charge Mutunda Sub County, Emmanuel Rupiny who represented the district health officer in Kiryandongo, Imam Mutyaba said that district has no money to procure vaccines for hepatitis B.

Rupiny encouraged residents of Karuma town board to ensure good hygiene adding that, a survey made for six months indicates that 68% of the household do not have pit latrines and threatened to drag household heads to courts of law.

The area LC I chairperson, Severino  Opiyo Olunya concurred with Rupiny and promised to give him support by ensuring there is good hygiene through collecting all garbage around Karuma town board.

During the same meeting, Godfrey Lubangakene, the warden community conservation attached to Karuma wildlife reserve in Murchison Fall conservation area warned hotel operator to stop engaging into bush meat trafficking and preparing it in hotels as it may cause epidemics like Ebola.