Surgeons are more prone to get needle stick injury- Dr. Zahid Ali Memon

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Surgeons are more prone to get needle
stick injury - Dr. Zahid Ali Memon

Doctors must follow the standard SOPs to protect themselves

KARACHI: All patients admitted for surgery must be screened for Hepatitis B, C and HIV as to take precautionary measures if someone is Hepatitis carrier or HIV positive. Healthcare providers especially surgeons are always at high risk of getting Hepatitis B and C due to needle stick injuries (NSI) and they should follow the standard SOPs to protect themselves. Ethical practice and emphasis on prevention of the diseases are important to prevent Hepatitis and other communicable diseases. This was stated by Dr. Zahid Ali Memon, Assistant professor of Surgery, Dow University of Health Sciences & Civil Hospital Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on May 29, 2015

Continuing Dr. Zahid said that majority of health professionals specially involved in surgical procedures and Operation theaters are infected due to needle stick injuries because they are not properly trained to handle the instruments in addition to their careless attitude. Medical Professionals must follow standard operating protocol which will help them to protect themselves from getting infected which is a major problem being faced by healthcare providers. Majority of the diseases are preventable, he added.


Dr. Zahid Ali Memon Assistant Professor of Surgery at Dow University
of Health Sciences & Civil Hospital Karachi performing the Otsuka
Lucky Draw held  at Otsuka Head Office on May 28, 2015.

Dr. Zahid further said that our new generation is now more aware about basic requirements and pre and post-operative care is given importance which was lacking in the past. In spite of working in a public hospital,   having financial and other constraints, we are following the international procedure to control pre and post-operative infections successfully.  

He appreciated the Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis being carried out through print and electronic media to educate the healthcare professionals and the public.  He further said that we are proud to have quality products being provided by Otsuka Pakistan without compromising on quality which is highly appreciated by the medical community. He hoped that their efforts to create awareness regarding problems like pricking of IV bottles, needle stick injuries etc. will help to further propagate this message. Provisions of services like, syringe cutters in various hospitals, printing material about NSI, arranging CME programmes, video messages etc. are the best ways to create awareness and control of diseases, he added.

Earlier Mr. Muhammad Arshad, Dupty Marketing Manager of Otsuka Pakistan, in his introductory remarks said that to play our role as corporate citizen Otsuka has designed IV bottles which do not need pricking.  Local data on needle stick injuries is being provided to the healthcare providers in printed form, wall mounting on needle stick injuries besides provision of syringe cutters in various hospitals in the country. Dr. Javaid Quraishi was the lucky winner of a bumper prize for the month of May 2015 lucky draw.