Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Un-necessary use of injections are major source
of Hepatitis spread-Dr. Akhtar Aziz Khan

KARACHI: Use of unnecessary injections is a very common practice by quacks which is a major source of Hepatitis C in Pakistan. Majority of General Practitioners are involved in unnecessary injection therapy for their personal gain which is helping to increase hepatitis cases in Pakistan. It could be controlled by educating general public and health care providers highlighting the safety measures and consequences of these unethical practices. This was stated by Dr. Akhtar Aziz Khan, Director Technical & Head of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care at Indus Hospital Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on December 26, 2013. Mr. Abid Hussain Chief Executive Otsuka Pakistan and other senior executive of the company were also present at the occasion.

Dr. Akhtar Aziz Khan, performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection
with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at
Otsuka Head Office on December 26, 2013.

Continuing Dr. Akhtar Aziz said that pricking of IV Infusion bottle is very common practice in our healthcare facilities. There is strictly no need of pricking but in spite of warnings and reminders it is very difficult to make realize people specially our young residents. He was of the view that since prevention is better than cure it could be achieved by repeated massages and reminders besides awareness campaign through print and electronic media. It is our moral duty to educate general public besides health care providers regarding control of these deadly diseases. He appreciated the Hepatitis awareness campaign initiated by Otsuka Pakistan which will play a vital role to educate the people as well as healthcare professionals to control these diseases.
Dr. Akhtar Aziz further said that blood transfusion and blood products are also important source of hepatitis spread in our country. Keeping in mind the importance of quality blood products Indus Hospital has established Indus Hospital Blood Center recently which is Pakistan’s first centralized blood centre and will provide international quality screened blood to hospitals across the city. Blood is obtained solely from Voluntary Blood Donors ensuring low-risk donations, and then supplies screened and tested blood directly to the hospitals which are partner of Indus Hospital maintaining the cold chain which ensures that the blood reaching the patient is optimal, he added. All the volunteers are screened for blood donation and about five percent of them are hepatitis B & C carrier Dr. Akhtar added.
Earlier Mr. Muhammad Arshad, Deputy Marketing Manager Otsuka Pakistan highlighted the activities being organized by Otsuka Pakistan, to create awareness regarding dangerous practices like pricking of infusion bottles and self needle stick injuries which are very common in our healthcare setups. Dr. Romana from Civil Hospital Jacobabad was the lucky winner for the month of December 2013 draw.