Hepatitis claims 400 lives every day


KARACHI: In Pakistan Hepatitis is spreading rapidly and killing more than 400 people a day and more than 150,000 people a year, said Dr Laila Rizvi, the chief of ‘Health Foundation’ during a blood screening camp held at a local hospital on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day.

She said that the main reasons for spread of hepatitis-A in the country are polluted water, industrial poisonous water discharge and environmental pollution.

She said that data suggests a moderate to high prevalence of hepatitis B & C in different areas of Sindh province especially Dadu, Ghotki, Khairpur and Sanghar due to contaminated needles used in medical care, drug abuse and unsafe blood and blood products transfusion.

She stressed on the role of medical experts and other stakeholders to actively engage in raising awareness, and also carrying out massive vaccination for children.