Increased awareness is the best option to control Hepatitis spread-Dr. Khalid Iqbal


 Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Increased awareness is the best option to
 Hepatitis spread - Dr. Khalid Iqbal

KARACHI: Increased awareness is the best option to control hepatitis spread and for this we have to change the mindset of healthcare providers. Proper knowledge about management of various diseases is very important. Use of unnecessary injections is a very common practice by quacks which is a major source of Hepatitis B and C in Pakistan. This was stated by Dr. Khalid Iqbal, Consultant Peadiatrician & Chief Executive Officer of Kharadar General Hospital Karachi while performing Otsuka lucky draw held at Kharadar General Hospital on December 29, 2018. Dr. Shamim Ejaz, Dr. Tooba Khan and members of marketing & sales of Otsuka Pakistan were also present at the occasion.

Dr. Khalid Iqbal along with Dr. Shamim Ejaz, Dr. Tooba Khan and others performing
Otsuka lucky draw held at Kharadar General Hospital, Karachi on December 29, 2018.

Continuing Dr. Khalid Iqbal said that Preventive strategy is the best option to control Hepatitis and other communicable diseases in Pakistan when we are facing problems like poverty and illiteracy. Our focus should be on prevention instead of treatment. Kharadar General Hospital, he stated takes pride being one of the Sentinel Site for Rota Virus prevalence and surveillance for last fourteen years with EMRO-WHO and Rota Vaccine has been introduced for the children of Pakistan. External Drug Resistance Typhoid is another problem and about 70 to 80% typhoid patients examined at our facility are External Drug Resistance Typhoid patients. WHO has also provided Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TCV) for one year which is also being provided at Kharadar General Hospital, which is the third oldest hospital of the city. Cost effective treatment is provided to the patients and patient welfare department of the hospital takes care of the unaffordable patients, he added.

Dr. Khalid Iqbal appreciated the quality products being provided by Otsuka Pakistan and the efforts being made to provide quality preparations which do not need pricking. He hoped that precautionary measures being taken during manufacturing of IV infusions and their efforts to create awareness regarding problems like pricking of IV bottles, needle stick injuries etc. will help to further propagate this message and help to save precious lives.

Earlier Mr. Muhammad Arshad, Marketing Manager from Otsuka Pakistan gave briefing about various activities which Otsuka Pakistan has been conducting so far through the help of their marketing department and field force. Otsuka Pakistan, he stated provide complete range of IV Solutions, has specially designed bottles which does not require pricking, to avoid infections and provide maximum protection. Apart from providing informative literature Otsuka has provided syringe cutters to healthcare professionals and in the Wards so that needles are properly disposed off after use eliminating their reuse which is a potent source of infection. In connection with the International Nurses Day every year various activities are arranged besides Hepatitis Screening Camps and educational printed material. Otsuka also manufacture fluids which do not require mixing but these products will reach to patients only if they are prescribed by Brand name, he added. Dr. Ratan kumar from Khipro was the lucky winner for the month of December, 2018 lucky draw.

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