Patients safety should be the top priority for Healthcare providers-Prof. Abdul Razzaq

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 Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Patients safety should be the top priority for
Healthcare providers - 
Prof. Abdul Razzaq

KARACHI: Patients safety should be the top priority with healthcare providers and they must ensure that a patient doesn’t go with any new infections including hospital acquired infection when discharged from hospital after any kind of procedure. This was stated by Prof. Abdul Razzaq Sheikh, Head Department of Surgery, Sir Syed Hospital Karachi while performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on February 21st, 2018. Mr, Moeen-ur-Rehman, Dr. Ammar Masood, Dr. Uzma Mustafa, some members of sales and marketing team from Otsuka were also present on this occasion.


 Prof. Abdul Razzaq Sheikh, Head Department of Surgery, Sir Syed Hospital Karachi performing
the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis
held at Otsuka Head Office in Karachi on February 21st, 2018.

Preventive strategy he further stated was the best option to control Hepatitis and other communicable diseases in Pakistan when we are facing problems like poverty and illiteracy. Our focus should be on prevention instead of treatment. General public should also be educated on how to prevent hepatitis B and C. We are spending millions of rupees on treatment of various diseases but not concentrating on preventive strategies which is much more cost effective. Our government functionaries are most interested in purchase of drugs instead of adopting preventive strategies. Public awareness programmes are important and Pharma companies can play an important role in this regard. They should prioritize their campaigns on prevention rather than treatment. Do not prick IV infusion Bottle campaign has been very effective with the result that pricking of IV infusion bottles has decreased, he added.

Prof. Abdul Razzaq further stated that group discussion and small group meeting in various health facilities should be arranged for CME activities especially targeting the GP’s practicing in rural areas to emphasize on the prevention of the diseases. Healthcare providers should also ensure that quality products are provided to the patients and for that we have to change the rules and regulations and convince the purchase committees and concerned health officials for availability of quality products. Proper hospital waste disposal and sterilization arrangements even in big hospitals are lacking which is another source of infection spread, he added.

Earlier, Dr. Uzma Mustafa from Otsuka stated that we are playing our role as corporate citizen and Otsuka have designed IV bottles which do not need pricking. 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. A. Hameed, from Sheikh Zyed Hospital Rahimyar Khan was the lucky winner of a Bumper prize for the Month of February 2018 draw. Other fifteen winners will get consolation prizes.

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