By Bejay Browne
A STAFF member at Paphos General Hospital has admitted to having Hepatitis B and the facility is waiting for tests result which will determine whether he also has Hepatitis C.
Hospital manager Spyros Georgiou said that although the 62-year-old, who has hemophilia, has known of his disease for a number of years, he only decided to share this information with staff members at the hospital last week. According to Georgiou, the man has worked at the hospital for more than 15 years.
“I have no idea why this employee kept his disease from staff here, or why he decided to pass on this information only last week,” he said. “It is important for anyone who knows they have any sort of disease such as Hepatitis or AIDS to pass on this information to their colleagues who will not only be able to look after them, but also to take precautions and take care of themselves accordingly.”
Georgiou added that the man was tested for both Hepatitis B and C last week, following his revelation. It was confirmed that the man tested positive for Hepatitis B. The results for Hepatitis C will be known in the next couple of days, he said.
“A number of staff here was also tested for Hepatitis as they were worried, but no- one else tested positive.”
Georgiou said he hoped the negative results will help to ‘calm’ the current situation and said he wants to stress that members of the public had not been placed at risk of contracting the disease from the 62 year old.
“This man works as a secretary and has no contact with the patients or public,” he said.
The hospital manager said that although he suspects his employee would also test positive for Hepatitis C, his condition did not pose a threat to anyone’s health and that he should be permitted to keep his job.
He added that the employee is a hemophiliac and from time to time has to undergo blood transfusions, but it was only last week that he decided to mention he had Hepatitis B to the hospital’s first aid department.
Hemophilia is an inherited condition that affects the blood’s ability to clot.
Hepatitis B and C both attack the liver and can cause serious liver damage. They can both be transmitted by blood to blood contact with an infected person and are treatable with medication.
All forms of hepatitis present similar types of symptoms and may include, fever, joint pain, malaise, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting and abdominal pain.
A blood test screening can tell if you have hepatitis antibodies in your blood stream