Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis


Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis
Healthcare Professionals of all categories should by
educated to avoid pricking of I.V infusion bottles 
& prevent needle stick injuries-Dr. Aftab Imtiaz

KARACHI: All categories of Healthcare Professionals including House Officers, PG’s, Nurses and Para- medical staff are responsible for the management of the patients. Hence they all should be educated to avoid Pricking of I.V Infusion bottle which is a very common practice and it is a major cause of hepatitis spread in Pakistan. Education regarding dangers of pricking intravenous bottles will help to control hepatitis and other diseases besides preventing needle stick injuries. This was stated by Dr. Aftab Imtiaz Professor & Head of Department of Anaesthesiology Abbasi Shaheed Hospital & Karachi Medical and Dental College Karachi while performing Otsuka Lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office here on October 24, 2012.

Prof. Aftab Imtiaz Head Department of Anaesthesiology at
Abbasi Shaheed Hospital & KM&DC performing Otsuka Lucky
draw held at Otsuka Head Office here on October 24, 2012.

Dr. Aftab further said that to create awareness regarding Hepatitis and other communicable diseases, poster and banners should be displayed in wards, ICU’s., dialysis units and at Nursing Stations which will help to achieve desired results. Pricking of infusion bottles results in various infections. He urged Otsuka Management to organize awareness programs in different hospitals and Heads of Nursing institutions should also be invited to join this informative and educational campaign. Print and electronic media can also play an important role in this regard. He suggested to organize awareness activities during conference and symposia and small group discussion in different hospitals to highlight the consequences of pricking of IV infusion bottles and needle stick injuries. Dr. Aftab commended the efforts being made by Otsuka Pakistan to educate the healthcare professionals and public. He hoped that their efforts will help to reduce the prevalence of Hepatitis in Pakistan.
Earlier Mr. Moeenuddin Ansari Product Manager from Otsuka highlighted the Savior’s Club and its activities so far. Otsuka, he stated apart from providing informative literature regarding needle stick injuries have also provided syringe cutters to healthcare professionals and in the wards so that needles are properly disposed off to eliminate their reuse which is a potent source of infection. Savior’s Club, he said, has over five thousand members and we hold this lucky draw every month for the last twelve years to motivate the healthcare professionals by offering them various consolation prizes. Dr. M. Shafiq Bhatti from Naval Colony Karachi was the lucky winner for the month of October 2012 draw.