Pakistan: World Hepatitis Day being observed today

Pakistan Hepatitis

Doctors on World Hepatitis Day urged all the committees of the country to come together and join hands for making hepatitis free Pakistan.

Pakistan has done the commitment with World Health Organization to free Pakistan from hepatitis before 2030. Therefore, all the citizens of Pakistan should work jointly in this regard.

Pakistan is among the top countries which are most affected by hepatitis. Here, 10 million people are suffering from this dangerous disease. The country offers free screening and treatment, therefore, as and when people feel symptoms, they should contact the doctors.

For World Hepatitis Day a national newspaper arranged a conference on Monday, the Programme Manager of the Hepatitis Control Programme, Punjab, Dr. Khalid Mahmood said that children are future therefore they should be saved. He said we are making awareness programs at a high level. Free tests and treatment are being done. Patients are being traced at all levels which have also been appreciated by world health organization. He said that on the directions of Goerner Punjab, we have tested all the students and staff of Bahawalpur University for free.

Under hepatitis free university program, students of all the educational institutions in Pakistan will be screened. Professor Dr. Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab said that today, 10 million people are suffering from this disease that is an extremely alarming situation. Now the country has to get rid of this disease fully by 2030 as per commitment with WHO and for that, people should work jointly.

He said that the world focus is on Hepatitis C whereas, Hepatitis B, A, and E are also important. However, the treatment of Hepatitis C is available today. Dr. Bilal Nasir said that body pain, joint pain, light fever, and exertion are the symptoms of Hepatitis C and later symptoms are abdomen getting filled with water, swelling of feet, and blood vomiting. He further said that 97 percent of patients can easily get rid of this disease after treatment.

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