Quality education and training of HCPs, Paramedics will help control Hepatitis-Dr. Rahil M. Rehman

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 Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Quality education and training of
HCPs, Paramedics 
will help control
Hepatitis-Dr. Rahil M. Rehman

KARACHI: Quality education and training of healthcare professionals as well as paramedics is very important to control of Hepatitis and other communicable diseases. Standard Operating Protocol must be followed for ethical and qualitative medical practices. This was stated by Dr. Rahil M. Rehman, Prof. of Surgery at Karachi Medical & Dental College/ Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with their on-going campaign against Hepatitis spread, at a meeting held at Haleem Hospital, in Karachi on November 27th 2018.


Dr. Rahil M. Rehman, Professor of Surgery at KM&DC/ Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Karachi
performing the Otsuka Lucky draw at a meeting held in Karachi on November 27th, 2018.

Continuing Dr. Rahil Rehman, said that training of healthcare professionals including nurses and paramedics in particular needs to be further strengthened. They also need to be reminded again and again about the safe practices regarding the use of Intravenous Infusions so that it becomes a routine practice. To achieve desired result we have to ensure implementation of standard operating procedures, protocols. In Pakistan pricking of IV bottles is one of the major causative factors for the spread of Hepatitis. Proper arrangements should be made for disposal of Hospital waste. Quackery is another important source of spreading deadly diseases which must be taken care by the concerned authorities. Needle stick injury, safe medical practice and prick free infusion should be the part of curriculum of nursing syllabus , he added.

Affordability, Dr. Rahil stated is a reality and important but it should not be compromised on quality which is very important to save precious lives. Balance electrolyte is also important segment in surgical procedures for early recovery of patient. Prick free infusions availability has great benefit and must be used in our medical practice. Education is only way to move forward with focus on ethics and quality and it must be managed from best available sources, he added. Dr. Rahil appreciated the Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis being carried out through print and electronic media to educate the healthcare professionals and the public. He hoped that their efforts to create awareness regarding problems like pricking of IV bottles, needle stick injuries which spreads Hepatitis and other viral infections will help reduce the prevalence of Hepatitis in Pakistan.

Earlier Mr. Samad Wasi, Product Manager of Otsuka Pakistan highlighted the activities of Otsuka Pakistan to create awareness about Hepatitis spread using electronic and print media among the public and healthcare professionals. Every month sixteen lucky winners are selected through lucky draw from hundreds of entries received. Dr. Fatima Ashraf from Nawabshah was the lucky winner for the month of November 2018 draw, while a number of consolation prizes will also be presented to others.

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