Un-necessary use of injections is a major source of Hepatitis spread-Dr. Shahbaz Haider

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 Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Un-necessary use of injections is a major source
of Hepatitis spread - Dr. Shahbaz Haider

KARACHI: Use of unnecessary injections is a very common practice by quacks which is a major source of Hepatitis B and C in Pakistan. Majority of General Practitioners are involved in unnecessary injection therapy for their personal gain which is helping to increase hepatitis cases in Pakistan and we do not speak against them. It could be controlled by educating general public and health care providers highlighting the safety measures and consequences of these unethical practices. This was stated by Dr. Shahbaz Haider Associate Professor of Medicine at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on 23rd August 2017.


Dr. Shahbaz Haider from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Karachi performing the Otsuka
Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held
at Otsuka Head Office on 23rd August 2017.

Continuing Dr. Shahbaz Haider said that pricking of IV Infusion bottle is very common practice in our healthcare facilities. There is strictly no need of pricking but in spite of warnings and reminders it is very difficult to make people realize specially our young residents. He was of the view that since prevention is better than cure it could be achieved by repeated massages and reminders besides awareness campaign through print and electronic media. We are spending millions of rupees on treatment of Hepatitis but not concentrating on preventive strategies which is much more needed and is cost effective too. It is our moral duty to educate general public besides health care providers regarding control of these deadly diseases. He appreciated the Hepatitis awareness campaign initiated by Otsuka Pakistan which will play a vital role to educate the people as well as healthcare professionals to control these diseases.

Dr. Shahbaz Haider further stated that we are not realizing our potential, we are doing a lot at individual level but have failed to work as a team. We should work on collective vision, potentially we are great but  practically  we are not  up to mark. We are different from other nations because we  began our  work with the name of Allah which  we Muslims believe that to start with the name of Allah is the most effective ways of to better our actions. Talking about  health care services in Sindh Province, Dr. Shahbaz Haider said that  Population of Karachi has increased many fold but we have not  added a single public hospital  in Karachi since many years as compared to Lahore where many public hospitals has been established.  Health is a provincial subject and our concerned authorities must look in to it, he added.

Earlier Mr. Muhammad Arshad, Marketing Manager Otsuka Pakistan, highlighted the aims and objectives of Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis and various activities being organized by Otsuka Pakistan in this regard. Dr. Naqib Jan from Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar was the lucky winner of a bumper prize for the Month of August 2017 draw. Other fifteen winners will get consolation prizes.

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