KARACHI: Hepatitis has emerged as a major global health problem and needs urgent prevention and control. Hepatitis B and C can be transmitted through use of infected blood, use of contaminated syringes during medical procedures or injection drug use.
Diagnosing the disease at early stage and proper treatment reduces the disease by 90 percent. Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) is the 3rd public sector institute having liver transplant facility. Dow University would start liver transplantation in the next month this year. These views were expressed by experts at a public awareness seminar organized by National Institute of Liver & GI Diseases (NILGID), DUHS to mark the World Hepatitis Day 2013. The experts included Director NILGID DUHS Prof Rana Qamar Masood, Prof Hafeez Ullah Shakh, Dr Tayyab Usmani, Dr Sabihta Shaikh and Liver Transplant Surgeon Dr Shams Nadeem Alam.
NILGID, DUHS, organized a Hepatitis Walk and public awareness seminar to celebrate World Hepatitis Day at its Ojha Campus along Hepatitis Free Testing and Screening Camp. The walk started from NILGID and ended up at OPD Block. In the walk, participants were carrying placards and chanting slogan against Hepatitis.
Masood said that Hepatitis was spreading very fast. It was very important to screen the blood properly for these viruses and observe proper sterilization measures during dental and surgical procedures. Awareness was very important for the prevention of Hepatitis. It is a disease which had no complication; therefore, diagnosing the disease at early stage and proper treatment reduces the disease by 90 percent. He stressed on to avoid unnecessary injections and create an awareness campaign regarding this deadliest disease.