Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis


Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

NSIs are result of casual attitude and
workload in hospitals-Dr. Shaheen A Bhatty

KARACHI: Needle stick injury is awell recognized professional hazard among Healthcare Professionals and in spite of awareness still cases of NSIs are being reported. Hepatitis is increasing very rapidly in our country and healthcare providers are always at high risk of getting hepatitis B or C due to needle stick injuries. Pricking of I.V infusion bottles is one of the major causes of hepatitis spread. Ethical practice and emphasis on prevention of the diseases are important to prevent hepatitis and other communicable diseases. These views were expressed by Dr. Shaheen A Bhatty Associate Professor of Medicine at Dow University of Health Sciences & Civil Hospital Karachi while performing Otsuka lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office on 28th May 2014.


Dr. Shaheen A Bhatty from DUHS & Civil Hospital Karachi performing
Otsuka lucky draw held at Otsuka Head office on 28th May 2014.

Dr. Shaheen further stated that healthcare professionals get infected due to casual attitude and heavy workload in our healthcare facilities. Awareness campaign started by Otsuka Pakistan is a very welcome step which is appreciated by healthcare providers. I was in my residency training when I came to know about this awareness campaign by Otsuka and Jimmy’s story always come in my mind whenever we talk about needle sick injury and IV pricking, She added.
Otsuka awareness campaign she said has played very important role in educating healthcare professionals. However there is a need to target the nurses because they are the major user of these IV Preparations. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, postgraduates, and patients should also be involved in awareness campaign and specially nurses and paramedical staff working in public hospitals besides new batches of nurses keep on joining the hospitals on regular intervals.
Earlier, Mr. Muhammad Arshad, Deputy Marketing Manager, Otsuka Pakistan pointed out that needle stick injuries are the Worldwide problem and major problem of under developed countries. To play our role as corporate citizen we have designed our IV bottles which does not need pricking. Local data on needle stick injuries is being provided to the healthcare providers in printed form besides wall mounting on needle stick injuries and provision of syringe cutters in various hospitals in the country. Dr. Abdullah Saeed from Civil Hospital Jacobabad was the lucky winner for the month of May 2014 draw. Mr. Habib Navaid Senior Director Marketing, Mr. Khalid Munir, Business Unit Head, Dr. Talha, Senior Medical Advisor and other senior executives of marketing and sales were also present at the occasion.