Walk, seminar held on World Hepatitis Day: Speakers urge creation of awareness

HYDERABAD: On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, walk from DG health office to Sindh Museum where an awareness seminar was held. The walk was led and seminar chaired by Commissioner Hyderabad Kazi Shahid Parvez and joined by Dr. Abdul Khaliq Shaikh program manager hepatitis prevention and control program Sindh, Dr. Bhikaram, Dr. Younis Shaikh, Dr.Nisar Memon, Dr. Hadi Bux Jato, and others. The speakers at the seminar said hepatitis was a curable disease, and awareness was necessary for its prevention. In Sindh, there were one million patients of hepatitis B and 2 millions of hepatitis C. Dr. Khaliq said chief minister launched hepatitis control program in 2009 which is aimed to clear province of disease and to treat the patients free of cost. He said 78 centers were working in the province where 194000 patients were tested, and 8393458 patients were vaccinated. He said 236266 patients were registered who were being treated. He hoped that media would support the department to create awareness among masses on preventive measures. Dr. Bhikaram said if the disease was not treated in time the was the apprehension of liver failure. A large number of people participated in walk and seminar including doctors, nurses, journalists, members of civil society including Dr. Rafiq Qureshi, Dr.Agha Taj, Dr.Wali Muhammad Leghari, Dr.Aijaz Ursani and others. At the en, media coordinator Khurram Khan thanked participants for attending the program.

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