Urgent prevention, control needed to fight hepatitis onslaught


Karachi: Hepatitis has emerged as a major global health problem and needs urgent prevention and control. Hepatitis B and C can be transmitted through the use of infected blood, the 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%. Dow University of Health Sciences, the 3rd public sector institute having liver transplant facility, 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) Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) to mark the World Hepatitis Day 2013. Experts include Prof. Rana Qamar Masood, Director, National Institute of Liver & GI Diseases (NILGID), Prof. Hafeez Ullah Shakh, Dr. Tayyab Usmani, Dr. Sabihta Shaikh, Liver Transplant Surgeon Dr. Shams Nadeem Alam and others.

National Institute of Liver & G.I. Diseases, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) to celebrate World Hepatitis Day organized a Hepatitis Walk and Public Awareness Seminar at its Ojha Campus along with Hepatitis Free Testing and Screening Camp. The Walk started from National Institute of Liver & G.I. Diseases (NILGID) and ended up at OPD Block. In the walk, participants were carrying placards and chanting slogan against Hepatitis.

Dr. Rana Qamar Masood, Director-NILGID speaking on the occasion said that Hepatitis is spreading very fast. It is very important to screen the blood properly for these viruses and observe proper sterilization measures during dental and surgical procedures. Awareness is very important for the prevention of Hepatitis. It is a disease which has no complication therefore diagnosing the disease at early stage and proper treatment reduces the disease by 90%. He stressed on to avoid unnecessary injections and create an awareness campaign regarding this deadliest disease.