Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis


 Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Pricking of IV infusion Bottles should
be discouraged - Dr. M. Owais Ismail

KARACHI: Pricking of IV Preparation must be discouraged which will help to control rapid increase of Hepatitis in Pakistan. Efforts should also be made to educate General Physicians because there is no CME programs for them besides any check and balance form the PM&DC. Ethical practices and emphasis on prevention of the diseases are important to prevent Hepatitis and other communicable diseases. These views were expressed by Dr. M. Owais Ismail, Professor of Pharmacology, Ziauddin University and Secretary to Medical Board of Kutyana Memon Hospital Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on November 24, 2015. Mr. Hanif Sattar Chief Executive Officer of Otsuka Pakistan, Mr. Habib Navaid Senior Director Marketing, Mr. Khalid Munir Business Unit Head, Dr. Talha Senior Medical Advisor, Mr. Arshad, Deputy Marketing Manager, Mr. Muhammad Ashraf RSM,  Mr. Moeenuddin Ansari, Product Manager besides Mr. Hafeezullah Mangi Administrator Kutyana Memon Hospital were also present on this occasion.


Dr. M. Owais Ismail along with Mr. Hafeezulla Mangi performing the
Otsuka lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office on November 24, 2015.
Mr. Hanif Sattar Chief Executive Officer of Otsuka Pakistan,Mr. Habib
Navaid Senior Director Marketing and other executives of the
are also seen in the picture.

Dr. Owais further stated that Nurses and paramedics in particular need to be reminded again and again about the safe practices as regards the use of Intravenous Infusions so that it becomes a routine practice. CME programs should be organized on regular basis and SOP’s on patient’s safety procedure should be part of curriculum. It should be our belief that we will get what God has decided for us and our prime aim must be to give maximum care to our Patients, and for better humanity together we can achieve our goals. Communication is the key to success, for which efforts should be made to convey our message to the masses by using various available mediums, he added.  

Dr. Owais appreciated the efforts of Otsuka Pakistan to create awareness regarding these dangerous practices and suggested to organize continuing medical education programs for GPs and nurses who can play an important role in prevention of hepatitis in our country. He offered Otsuka management to be a part of CME programme being run at Kutyana Memon Hospital and also offered its premises to be used for CME activities for healthcare providers of adjoining areas.

Earlier Mr. M. Arshad, Deputy Marketing Manager Otsuka Pakistan in his welcome remarks said that quality is our main concern and we do not compromise on quality of our products. He pointed out that this continuing educational campaign is being run since last fifteen years to create awareness regarding hepatitis and to encourage ethical medical practices. Print and electronic media is being used to convey the message bedsides seminars and lectures are being organized in various hospitals, printed material regarding needle stick injuries, and syringe cutters are also provided in healthcare facilities, he added. Dr. M. Ilyas from Karachi was the lucky winner for the month of November 2015 draw.

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