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Hepatitis has reached alarming proportions, says Alvi – Pakistan



ISLAMABAD: The prevalence of hepatitis B and C (HBV / HCV) has reached alarming proportions in the country, said President Arif Alvi at a conference on "Investing in the Elimination of Hepatitis from Pakistan" on Sunday World Hepatitis Day took place on 28 July.

The conference also presented the program of the Prime Minister for the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis, which aims to screen for up to 140 million people for hepatitis and provide free medical treatment if an infection is detected.

At the conference, the president said that the spread of hepatitis B and C to 15 to 20 million people in Pakistan is alarming.

He said the vehicle for transmission of the hepatitis and HIV virus is the same one that was caused by unsafe blood transfusions and reuse of syringes. As an example of Egypt, he said that it has reduced hepatitis prevalence from 1

3 percent to three percent in 10 years, which means that this is possible in Pakistan as well.

PM program to eradicate viral hepatitis [19659006] However, the President strongly advocated targeted disease prevention efforts, as these are far cheaper than cure.

Unfortunately, the doctors were not taught to treat patients who prescribe as few medicines as possible, especially antibiotics and injections. He said that awareness of viral diseases such as hepatitis and HIV could be better established with the help of female health workers along with the use of electronic and social media, NGOs and regular awareness-raising seminars.

The conference exchanged data suggesting that with an HCV prevalence of 10 percent, approximately 20 million people would be anti-HCV positive and screened. Nearly 80 percent would show the virus and then have to be treated. According to these estimates, about 16 million cases would require direct-acting antivirals, and 12 million could be cured.

The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) spoke at the conference. Zafar Mirza, who said that thousands of new hepatitis patients are affected, is added every year because of the lack of resources for prevention, examination and treatment, poor blood transfusion testing, invasive medical devices are not properly sterilized and injections are unsafe ,

Pakistan produces cheaper medicines to cure hepatitis C infections at a very low cost Pro cure within three months, very few people in the country know about their infection and therefore have no access to testing and treatment services. The cost of curing hepatitis C could be up to $ 15,000 in a country like the US, he said. In his video message, the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Pakistan's political leadership on his promise to eliminate hepatitis by 2030. 19659002] Deputy Director-General of WHO for general health insurance for communicable and non-communicable diseases, dr. Ren Minghui stressed the importance of using integrated approaches and existing opportunities and innovations to help Pakistan meet its ambitious but necessary health goals.

According to the WHO, in 2016 in Pakistan, 23,720 people died of hepatitis-related causes. This corresponds to a bus, which is occupied daily with 64 persons.

During the two-day conference, provincial health ministers and secretaries led the fight against hepatitis, members of the National Technical Advisory Group, experts from Aga Khan University, researchers, policymakers and civil society activists also have their support in eradicating viral hepatitis promised.

Posted in Dawn, July 29, 2019


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