189 Hepatitis cases tested positive at CMCH in 2013

RATODERO: Hepatitis C continued to rise in the upper Sindh as out of 449 cases, 189 tested positive during the month of December 2013 at Molecular Laboratory of the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH), Larkana, and the ratio of affected cases of these Hepatitis C comes to 42.09%.

In all, 692 blood samples were tested out of which 255 turned out to be positive. In this way, the total ratio of affected cases of Hepatitis, B, C and D among the received samples becomes 36.69%. These cases belong to Larkana district, Dadu, Khairpur Nathan Shah, Kamber, Kandhkot and Mehar.

Out of 205 HBV (DNA) Quantitative cases, 47 were detected positive; out of 449 samples of HCV (RNA) Qualitative, 189 were tested positive; out of 35 HDV (RNA) Quantitative, 16 were found positive and all 3 blood samples were detected positive which were tested for HCV (RNA) Genotyping.

This official report has been sent to Provincial Programme Manager of Hepatitis Control & Preventive – Chief Ministers Initiative, Hyderabad, by the sentinel site in Larkana. In Larkana district, alone 70 samples came out positive when they were tested for HCV (RNA) Qualitative out of 141 which showed that this deadly disease has taken roots among almost 50% tested populace.

All three cases of HCV (RNA) Genotyping also belong to Larkana. Out of 13 cases tested for HDV, 10 were found positive in Larkana district. Likewise in Kamber out of 153 cases of HCV (RNA), 75 cases were found positive.

The preventive side will have to be geared up or else the tax-payer’s money will continue to be utilized on treatment of this disease for years to come.

Hepatitis Delta (D) is also on the rise in some areas of this region as 10 were detected in Larkana, 1 in KN Shah out of 3, 3 out of 11 in Kandhkot and 2 out of 6 were found Hepatitis D positive which belonged to Mehar.

These figures prove that Hepatitis specially C & D is rising in these twin districts of Larkana and Kambar-Shahdadkot which the political base of the rulers and to save the precious lives of the affected people is their basic responsibility. Poor people have urged the Government to re-energize the District Health Officers for taking foolproof preventive measures or they should be taken to task for their negligence in performing their duties properly.

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