Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

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 Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Paramedics and Nursing staff needs to
be educated regarding preventive
measures against hepatitis spread

Appropriate messages should be included in their
training curriculum - Dr. Jahan Ara Hassan

KARACHI: Increased prevalence of Hepatitis B and C in the population has become a major public health problem and we need to utilize every medium of instruction, education including print and electronic media to highlight its dangers besides educating the public and promoting preventive measures. Appropriate messages should be included in the training curriculum of paramedics and nursing staff and once they become familiar with these, it will go a long way in the fight against the spread of hepatitis and other viral infections. This was stated by Dr. Jahan Ara Hassan, Associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Dow Medical College/Civil Hospital Karachi. She was performing the monthly Lucky Draw organized by Otsuka Pakistan at their offices on May 28th in connection with their campaign against the spread of hepatitis.

Dr. Jahan Ara Hassan, performing the monthly Lucky Draw organized by
Otsuka Pakistan at their Head Office on May 28th, 2013

Our chief anesthetist at Civil Hospital Karachi, she said takes keen interest in these preventive measures and always ensures that all safety precautions are taken but even then at times the nursing staff which is so used to pricking the IV bottles, does it and then says sorry. They need to be educated not to prick the IV bottles and also take all precautions to save themselves from needle stick injuries. Dr. Jahan Ara Hassan further stated that almost one in every three patients they see in Civil Hospital Karachi are Hepatitis B or C positive. Every day young pregnant females die due to acute hepatic failure and other liver disorders which brings with it lot of misery for these unfortunate families. On every operating day, we do have quite a few patients who are Hepatitis C positive, they are operated at the end and we try to follow all the precautionary measures but even then we all are exposed to these hazards.
She laid emphasis on the fact that healthcare professionals including the nurses and paramedics should be instructed again and again to destroy the syringe after use so that they cannot be reused. Otsuka can provide needle cutters to the healthcare facilities including the GPs and emphasize upon them importance of proper disposal of hospital waste including these syringes. Medical Superintendent at CHK, she said, has provided separate specific colour containers for disposal of infected hospital waste which is quite helpful. She commended Otsuka initiative to design IV infusion bottles which does not to be pricked and advised their management to take into confidence some key opinion leaders in the medical profession and nursing profession to introduce some changes in the training curriculum of nurses and paramedics and once this is accomplished, it will discourage all such undesirable practices of pricking the IV bottles. While this is a long term plan, they can talk to nursing teaching staff and the administration of nursing schools, institutions training midwives and paramedics to include some education materials in their training. Such interventions should be planned at various training institutions and nursing schools in the country. These young men and women are quite receptive and the message which is conveyed to them at this stage, they will remember and practice for ever.
She appreciated the initiative taken by Otsuka Pakistan to create awareness among healthcare professionals and public regarding hepatitis and taking preventive measures like supply of syringe cutters for proper disposal of syringes to healthcare facilities. She reiterated that in practice, the medical professionals has very little to do with Intravenous Canalization, Drips etc., which is mostly done by the nursing staff and paramedics, hence they should be their prime target in their educational campaign.
The pubic also needs to be educated that drips and injections are not the remedy for every disease and undesirable use of injections, drips should be discouraged. At times the healthcare professionals have to provide these facilities of intravenous drips and injections on patients demand for their psychological satisfaction, Dr. Jahan Ara Hassan remarked.
Earlier Mr. Mohammad Arshad Khan Deputy Marketing Manager Otsuka Pakistan highlighted the salient features of their campaign against hepatitis spread and their accomplishments so far. Every month thousands of healthcare professionals participate in this lucky draw which is an incentive to educate them and create awareness about hepatitis, he added.
Mr. Abid Hussain Chief Executive Officer Otsuka Pakistan, Mr. Habib Navaid Senior Director Marketing, Mr. Khalid Munir Business Unit Manager Mr. Moeenuddin Ansari Product manager and other senior executives of Otsuka Pakistan were also present on this occasion.