LARKANA: As many as 4355 Hepatitis patients have completed their treatment in October 2015 at the sentinel site out of which 3681 are suffering from Hepatitis C and 674 from Hepatitis B. This site has been established at the Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, under Chief Minister’s Program for Prevention & Control of Hepatitis in Sindh.
This was revealed in a report sent to the Provincial Program Manager, Hyderabad on Wednesday. As many as 116 new Hepatitis C patients and 15 of Hepatitis B were registered alone in October 2015 and a total number of registered patients under treatment of both the diseases is 551 out of which 399 are suffering from Hepatitis C and 152 from Hepatitis B.
As many as 5667 patients have so far been registered at this sentinel site since its birth out of which 4636 had Hepatitis C and 1031 Hepatitis B, the report added. According to the report, 310 Hepatitis C and 78 Hepatitis B patients are defaulting adding 44 of C and 11 of B have completed their treatment in the month of October 2015 which showed that the program is suffering from improper supply of treatment injections, causing serious hardships to the suffering poor populace as the total number of registered patients at the Hepatitis OPD/Clinic is 403 of Hepatitis C and 233 of Hepatitis B.
It has now become a known fact that the treatment drugs are short supplied by the Provincial Program Manager for any reason but other essentially required material is also not being provided to this vital sentinel site which has proved their negligence as they have not learnt any lesson from the past.
The material which has not been supplied to this site for which the focal person has been constantly writing include laboratory centrifuge, water bath, hot air oven, lab refrigerator, blood collection tubes, pipette stands, torpedoes, incubators, centrifuge tubes, generator, weather filter, total protection kits, test tube racks and so forth. Even the Hepatitis D Elisa kits, Jell tube and torpedoes have been exhausted here which has multiplied the woes of the patients. The concerned authorities must look into the matter thoroughly to lessen the burden of all those who are suffering from this killer disease which is, according to experts, more dangerous than HIV/AIDS.