Public healthcare facilities remain neglected and patients are not aware of their rights & responsibilities


 Otsuka Awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Public healthcare facilities remain neglected
and patients are not aware of their
rights and responsibilities

Nursing schools and colleges should be included in educational
activities to enhance their knowledge-Haleema Yasmin

By Dr. Uzma Mustafa

KARACHI: Public healthcare facilities remain neglected and get very little attention from every segment in the society. Even patients have no idea of their rights that also bring with them some responsibilities to the healthcare professionals. It is essential that we are more focused and stringent towards quality of products and treatment. This was stated by Prof. Haleema Yasmin, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi. She was speaking at the Otsuka monthly lucky draw during their awareness campaign against hepatitis spread arranged at Otsuka Head Office on December 28, 2017. Chief Executive of Otsuka Pakistan Mr. Hanif Sattar, Mr. Khalid Munir and some other senior executive of Otsuka were also present on this occasion.

Prof. Haleema Yasmin (3rd from left) conducting the lucky draw during Otsuka Pakistan’s campaign
against Hepatitis spread on December 28, 2017.  Mr. Hanif Sattar Chief Executive of Otsuka
Pakistan and Mr. Khalid Munir are also seen in the picture on extreme right and extreme left respectively.

She appreciated the awareness campaign initiated by Otsuka against spread of Hepatitis and suggested that Nursing Schools and Colleges should also be included in this educational campaign to enhance their knowledge. Nurses are important member of the healthcare team and were playing a pivotal role in the health services. As such they should also be informed about the hazards of pricking IV infusion bottles so that they use prick-less IV treatment. Once the nurses know about it and start practicing, it will persist in their mind for long term and it becomes a routine practice, she remarked. She commended Otsuka Pakistan for providing quality IV infusion products in specially designed bottles.

Continuing Prof. Haleema Yasmin appreciated Otsuka Pakistan for their work in the field of electrolytes and showed keen interest in clinical nutrition which is an important but neglected area. This needs to be focused which will result in remarkable changes in patient treatment management, she added. Bumper prize for the month of December 2017 was won by Dr.Mukesh Kumar, Nimana Clinic. Shahpurchakar. Fifteen other participants in the draw also got consolation prizes of weighing machines.