41,531 hepatitis cases reported in 2014

KARACHI: Provincial Program Manager, Hepatitis Prevention and Control Program Sindh, Dr Kazim Raza Memon, has said about 41,531 hepatitis cases were reported across the Sindh province in year 2014 at 55 diagnostic centers operating in province under hepatitis control programme.

He said 41,531 new hepatitis cases (Hepatitis B+ C+D) were reported throughout the province at diagnostic centers providing screening, vaccination, treatment and preventive educations facilities to hepatitis patients in last year.

He said out of 41,531 cases reported in Sindh, 9,748 were reported from Karachi, 3,144 from Hyderabad, 464 in Matiari, 914 in Badin, 276 in Tharparkar, 604 in Tando Mohammad Khan, 1530 in Dadu, 1427 in Jamshoro, 3410 in Larkana,1230 in Kambar & Shahdadkot, 832 in Sukkur, 2383 in Khairpur, 687 in Tando Allahyar, 809 in Thatta, 2796 in Ghotki and 402 in Kashmore & Kandhkot.

He further stated that 2347 cases were detected in Jacobabad, 1417 in Shikarpur, 2293 in Sanghar, 851 in Mirpurkhas, 601 in Umerkot, 1193 in Naushero Feroz and 2173 in Shaheed Benazirabad.

Dr Kazim said approximately 27531 hepatitis (Hepatitis B+ C+D) patients were under treatment in various diagnostic centers in the province. A total 147,532 patients had already completed their treatment. Hepatitis Prevention & Control Programme Sindh hadregistered 164,227 Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), 24,905 Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and 5138 Hepatitis D Virus (HDV) cases since the inception of program.

The number of patients under treatment at Province (Pegasys= 3, 233, Pegaferon=682, Peginteron=1,469) total 5,384, while patients treated by (Health Foundation=2093+SESSI=359+SIUT Karachi=438) total 2,890.  About 1887 jail inmates were diagnosed hepatitis B +C.

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