Increase in Hepatitis E cases recorded

Hepatitis E reported cases have increased from 113 to 155 in two weeks between 30th June and 14th July countrywide, with Khomas and Erongo leading the most affected regions.

A report released by the ministry of Health and Social Services on Monday said, the Khomas region remains the most affected region, accounting for 3678 with 64 per cent of the confirmed cases followed by Erongo with 1322 at 23 per cent. The remaining regions account for 711 with 12 per cent of the reported cases.

It added that, the third region in the list is Hardap with 15 cases,Omusati with 12, the two Kavango regions recorded nine cases while the rest was recorded in other regions, and the ministry is engaging various institutions to combat the virus.

It is also indicated that Omusati region continue to report increased number of Hepatitis A cases presumed to be with a total of 51 cases to date, however all other regions except Kavango and Kunene have reported few (46) sporadic cases since 2018 to date.

The report also said that, the national Case Fatality Rate is at 48 with 0.8 per cent and out of those 48 deaths, 21 are maternal deaths at 44 per cent.

The National Health Emergency Management Committee and the response team continued to engage partners, particularly UNDP, City of Windhoek (CoW) Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology to support awareness rising for individuals and collective responsibility including coordination in fighting HEV in the country, reads the statement.

It is further reported that UNICEF and CoW have started the process of implementing Community Led Total Sanitation tailor-made to suit the urban setting, without compromising the standards of cities. The task force committees that involve Councillors have been identified, the blocks were also identified and mapping of sanitation centers was conducted. The National Costed Activity Plan for Hepatitis E response has been finalized, following incorporation of UNDP sponsored activities.

Source: Namibia Press Agency