Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis


Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Awareness is the best option to control
Hepatitis spread - Dr. M. Aurongzeb

KARACHI: Hepatitis is mostly reported in most populated and rural areas of the country. Pricking of I.V Infusion bottle, reuse of syringes is a very common practice and it is a major cause of hepatitis spread in Pakistan. It could only be controlled by educating our General Practitioners (GPs) the people involved in anesthetic preparation, Dentists, nursing staff, paramedics and the OT technicians besides doctors. Education and making them aware of the dangers of unethical practices will help to control hepatitis and other viral diseases. This was stated by Dr. M. Aurongzeb, Associate Professor of Medicine at Civil Hospital, Karachi while performing Otsuka Lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office here on August 28, 2013.

Dr. M. Aurongzeb, Associate Professor of Medicine at Civil Hospital, Karachi
performing Otsuka Lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office on August 28, 2013.

Dr. Aurongzeb further said that prevention is the most important factor which will only be achieved if we create awareness and educate public regarding preventive measures which are very simple to adopt. Besides preventive measures screening and treatment should be other major concern of our health planners. Counseling programme should be started for GP’s and they must be educated that when to admit and when to refer a patient which is very important aspect and is neglected by primary health care physicians. Awareness programme are also needed at grass root level like rural areas, District level and BHUs, he added. Dr. Aurongzeb commended the efforts being made by Otsuka Pakistan to educate the healthcare professionals and public.
Earlier Mr. Moinuddind Product Manager, Otsuka Pakistan highlighted the activities of Savior’s Club, aims and objectives of Otsuka awareness campaign and pointed out that this continuing educational campaign is being run since twelve years to create awareness regarding hepatitis and to encourage ethical medical practices. Print and electronic media is being used to convey the message bedsides seminars and lectures are being organized in various hospitals. Encouraging results have been achieved and standard operating protocol has been followed by many hospitals but still lot needs to be done, he added.
Dr. Shagufta Nasir from Rural Health Centre Gharo was the lucky winner for the month of August 2013 draw. Mr. Habib Navaid, Senior Director Marketing Otsuka Pakistan Mr. Khaid Munir Business Unit Head, and other senior executives of marketing and sales were also present at the occasion.

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