Hepatitis E cases in Namibia have risen to over 6,305 cases in the entire country, health officials said Monday.
Health Ministry director of research Phelomena Ochurus said there is a need for the country to be concerned as cases are being reported on a weekly basis.
According to statistics Ochurus provided, there have so far been 52 fatality cases since 2017 with pregnant women topping the list of deaths.
“Pregnant women are more susceptible because when they are pregnant, their immune system is compromised,” she said.
She said males are topping the number of cases reported with 60 percent of them affected in a specific age group of between 20 and 39 years old.
“In the Khomas and Erongo regions, people affected are living in areas with limited water and sanitation facilities especially in the informal settlements where there are no proper facilities,” she said.
Khomas region has so far recorded 3,865 cases while Erongo region has recorded 1,358 cases.
Namibia experienced the first Hepatitis E outbreak in 1983 in Rundu where 9 cases were confirmed and the last outbreak was experienced in 1995-1996 also in Rundu.
Currently, 13 of Namibia’s 14 regions are affected. Enditem