Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Training courses for Nurses and other incentives could
be helpful to check this epidemic - Dr. Harris Alvi

KARACHI: Pricking of I.V infusion bottles are major causes of Hepatitis spread and other communicable diseases in our country. It can only be controlled through education of Nurses and Paramedics for which training courses and other incentives should be provided which will help to create awareness and make them more responsible thus checking the spread of this epidemic. These views were expressed by Dr. Harris Alvi, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dow University of Health Sciences Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw at Otsuka Head Office on June 26th, 2013.

Dr. Harris Alvi, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dow University of
Health Sciences Karachi performing the Otsuka Lucky draw at
Otsuka Head Office on June 26th, 2013.

Continuing Dr. Harris said that awareness and educational programmes for paramedics and nurses are very important because these people are the back bone of every health care facility. If they are properly trained to follow standard operating procedures lot of complications could be avoided. Group discussion and small group meeting in various healthcare facilities should be arranged for CME activities to emphasize on preventive measures which is important to prevent hepatitis and other communicable diseases. Continues reminders and results of various studies regarding needle stick injuries and other unethical practices will also help to change the attitude of healthcare providers, he added.
Dr. Harris further said that we are always taking risk at the cost of our health and life. Safe practices, interaction, acquiring knowledge and its implementation is very important. Overburden and careless attitude of healthcare providers are the major cause of needle stick injuries and chances of getting infections are multiplied due to overload of work. We have to be responsible citizens and should follow standard operating procedures. Dr. Harris appreciated the efforts of Otsuka Pakistan to create awareness regarding these deadly diseases. It is a noble cause which must be appreciated, he added.
Earlier Mr. Muhammad Arshad, Deputy Marketing Manager Otsuka Pakistan, highlighted the aims and objectives of Otsuka awareness campaign against hepatitis. This continuing educational campaign he stated is being run 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. Syringe cutters are also being provided in various hospitals to discard the used syringes he added. Dr. Abdul Wahab from Karachi was the lucky winner of a bumper prize for the Month of June, 2013 draw. Other fifteen winners will get consolation prizes.

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