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Soap to fight Hepatitis E

Soap to fight Hepatitis E

Marthina Mutanga 

STUDENTS at the University of Namibia (Unam) and partners from Cardiff University have launched a daring campaign to collect one thousand bars of soap to assist in the fight against the spreading of Hepatitis E.

Unam spokesperson, John Haufiku, said the awareness campaign was to educate the public on how to eliminate Hepatitis E in affected communities.

The campaign, under the theme ‘Kick Out Hep E’, came after academics from the Unam Social Work department with partners from Cardiff University decided to collect the soap for people in Windhoek’s Samora Machel, Tobias Hainyeko, Moses Garoeb and Otjomuise constituencies.

Haufiku said the Unam social research study found that practices such as sharing a glass of tombo, a traditionally brewed drink, coupled with not washing hands with soap, are some of the various contributing factors that spread Hepatitis E.

The research discovered that there is generally a low level of knowledge and understanding of transmission, management and prevention of diseases.

The Ministry of health recently reported 155 new cases of Hepatitis E countrywide, with most cases reportedly in the Khomas and Erongo regions.

The Khomas region recorded 89 cases and 64% confirmed cases, while the Erongo region is standing at 22 cases and has 23% confirmed cases.

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