Lack of preventive measures spread Hepatitis-C in Sind


Ratodero, Sindh: Hepatitis C continues to spread in Sindh without preventive measures which are to be made effective by the District Health Institutions of Sindh province. Out of 543 HCV (RNA) Qualitative blood samples tested 245 turned out to be positive and the ratio comes to 44.75% which is really alarming and a red signal for the concerned Health Department authorities to tackle the issue without losing any time.

Hepatitis B figures show that it is reducing but C & D are increasing, as 226 blood samples tested for HBV and only 60 came positive likewise out of 42 samples of HCV (RNA) Quantitative 14 were found positive. Overall 818 cases were tested and 326 were detected positive at the Molecular Laboratory of the Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, during the month of November 2013.

These cases belong to Larkana district, Jacobabad, Dadu, Kambar, Kandhkot, Khairpur Nathan Shah and Mehar.

Aliza test of 167 Larkana Central Prison inmates was also conducted a week before in which 21 were found suffering from Hepatitis C and 20 from B. This is in addition to those who are already on treatment.

Shikarpur, Khairpur and Sukkur district blood samples are not being received in Larkana as new PCR machines have been installed at Sukkur & Khairpur and Shikarpur samples have been tested in Sukkur since last two months.

Sindh Government’s District Health Offices throughout the province have so far failed to combat this deadly disease due to lack of adopting preventive measures.

Director General Health Services Sindh, Hyderabad, Dr. Ashfaque Hussain Memon, told PPI that he has issued instructions to all the DHOs to immediately take preventive measures so that the disease is controlled from further spread but the fact is that his directives have been ignored by all the DHOs as they have done nothing significant as yet.

Patients of Shikarpur have been complaining of non-availability of required drugs/medicines at the District Health Officer due to short supply. Focal Person Dr. Shoukat Memon told PPI that they have been receiving the stock since last month from Provincial Programme Manager for Hepatitis, Hyderabad, but before that for three months they had faced acute shortage of these drugs due to which many on-treatment patients suffered seriously. This happened due to late procurement of the drugs under the Chief Ministers Hepatitis Programme.

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