Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo and West Pokot counties have been hit by Hepatitis B disease that has claimed lives.

West Pokot Health Executive Geoffrey Lipale said there is an urgent need to vaccinate the locals yet most of their health facilities have inadequate vaccines for the disease.

“The disease is dangerous. The rate at which it is spreading is alarming. We have partnered with the national government and there is a need to screen more people and vaccinate them,” he said.

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver and can cause scarring of the organ, liver failure, and cancer. It can be fatal if it is not treated.

The disease can spread when people come in contact with the blood, open sores, or body fluids of someone who has the hepatitis B virus.