Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis


Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Re-certification of doctors should be
initiated to Promote CME - Dr. Qurban Sheikh

KARACHI: Recertification of medical professionals especially General practitioners must be initiated which will help to promote continuing medical education in the country. Majority of our health care providers in rural areas are not adequately trained which results in poor management of patients. Un-necessary use of injections and Pricking of I.V infusion bottles are also very common at small clinics and maternity homes set up in small houses which are major causes of hepatitis spread and other communicable disease. These views were expressed by Dr. Qurban Sheikh, Associate Professor of Medicine and Incharge Medical ICU, at JPMC Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on February 26, 2015.


Dr. Qurban Sheikh from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi
performing Otsuka lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office on February 26th, 2015.

Continuing Dr. Qurban Sheikh said that majority of GP’s even in urban areas do not have any facility regarding education. Group discussion and small group meeting in various health facilities should be arranged for CME activities to emphasize on the prevention of the diseases which is important to prevent hepatitis and other communicable diseases. Majority of people are provided Healthcare in these areas by quacks because people have easy access and affordability is another important issue for them. Government cannot ban quackery but can arrange some refresher courses for them which will at least help to prevent some complications. To control pricking of infusion bottles and needle stick injuries we should encourage the nursing staff who are directly involved in this practice by arranging I.V certification courses to train them as role models which will help to create awareness and help to make them more responsible. He appreciated the efforts of Otsuka Pakistan to create awareness regarding these deadly diseases. It is a noble cause which must be appreciated, he added.

Moeenuddin Ansari, Product Manager Otsuka Pakistan informed that this continuing educational campaign was started many years ago which is being run to create awareness regarding Hepatitis and to encourage ethical medical practices. Dr. Kelash Chander from Bhatai Medical Centre Mirpur Khas was the lucky winner of a bumper prize for the Month of February 2015 draw. Other fifteen winners will get consolation prizes. Mr. Abid Hussain Chief Executive Officer of Otsuka Pakistan, Mr. Habib Navaid, Senior Director Marketing, Dr. Syed Ali Talha Raza, Senior Medical Advisor, Mr. Khalid Munir, Business Unit Head, Mr. Moeenuddin Ansari, Product Manager and other Otsuka senior executives were also present on this occasion.