BY ABBAS KASSAR
HYDERABAD, July 29,2022 – Health department Sindh observed World hepatitis day with walk from director general health office to Indus hotel.
Participants were carrying cards to create awareness for control and prevention. Later a seminar was also held here Thursday.
Addressing seminar Dr. Zulfiqar Dharejo said aim to observing world day of Hepatitis was to create awareness among people of Sindh from this epidemic. He said at present this epidemic was among 8 deadly diseases in world with 257 million patients .
In Pakistan Hepatitis was at No 2 disease in whole world
In Pakistan this disease was at No 2 in whole world while Egypt was at No.1. He said World Health Organization has given slogan of “ I will not wait and would immediately get test of Hepatitis”.
Sidh government was also working on this slogan with desire to bring an end of this disease from Sindh. He said according to Pakistan Medical Research Council, one million people were suffering from Hepatitis B while 2 millions from Hepatitis C. Keepig this in view Sindh government has launched anti hepatitis program in 2009 aimed to save poor people of Sindh from this deadly disease through free treatment of patients.
63 treatment centers and 19 vaccination centers working in Sindh
He said at present 63 treatment centers and 19 vaccination centers were working in Sindh against this disease. He said from 2009 to this day 35045 patients of Hep.B,275947 Hep C and 3288 patients of Hep D have been treated completely. Apart from this 15086 patients of Hep B, nearly 7938 patients of Hep C and 603 of Hep D patients were under treatment. He added that as many as 9.3 million patients were also vaccinated against HepB including 2.3 millions school children and teachers.
Dr. Dharejo said WHO has given target of 2030 of no Hepatitis on which Sindh government was working fastly.Commissioner Hyderabad Nadim Rehman Memon, Dr. Bikharam ex vice chancellor of LUMHS, Dr. Lala Jaffer DHO and others also spoke on the occasion.