Karachi: Sindh health minister Mahtab Hussain here Monday told Sindh Assembly that there are 55 centers being run in different districts of Sindh to treat the patients of hepatitis.
Hepatitis cases in Sindh are on sharp rise mainly due to supply of contaminated drinking water, very poor municipal sanitary conditions and open selling of health hazardous gutika. However, rampant corruption and inefficiency of provincial bureaucracy, scams of procurement of drugs and vaccines, in sufficient healthcare facilities in the government hospitals and abject poverty – more than fifty percent population of rural areas living under the poverty line – are some other factors contributing increasing hepatitis burden in the province.
However, the minister said 10 hepatitis treatment centers are in Karachi, 5 in Hyderabad, 3 each in Badin, Dadu, Jamshoro, Sanghar, Naushehro Feroze and Shaheed Benazirabad, 2 each in Matiari, Larkana, Khairpur, Thatta, Ghotki, and Shikarpur, and one each in Tharparkar, Tando Mohammad Khan, Kambar-Shahdadkot, Tando Allahyar, Kashmore, Jacobabad, Umerkot and Mirpurkhas have been working in the province.
He said his department is busy in process to procure hepatitis vaccine to facilitate the patients in Sindh province.