Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis


Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Healthcare professionals including nurses,
paramedics needs to be constantly
reminded to follow SOP’s - Dr. Amin Sulaiman

KARACHI: Healthcare professionals including nurses and paramedics needs to be constantly reminded to uphold professional ethics and follow the standard operating procedures. Safety of the patients should be our top priority and we should try to do our best to come up to the patients expectations. Otsuka is known for its quality products in the market and has a very long association with the medical profession. Its efforts to create awareness against Hepatitis spread must be appreciated. This was stated Dr. Amin Sulaiman Consultant Anaesthetist at Civil Hospital Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with their campaign against Hepatitis spread, held at Otsuka Head Office on October 29th 2014.

Dr. Amin Sulaiman Consultant Anesthetist at Civil Hospital Karachi performing
the Otsuka lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office on 29th October 2014.

Continuing Dr. Amin said that nurses and paramedics in particular need to be reminded again and again about the safe practices regarding the use of Intravenous Infusions so that it becomes a routine practice. In Pakistan pricking of IV bottles is one of the major causative factors for the spread of Hepatitis which has now become an epidemic. It is important that we should approach nursing schools, paramedics, technicians and OT staff to make them aware of the consequences of pricking of IV preparations. He appreciated the contributions of Otsuka in helping the healthcare professionals in various ways like provision of Syringe cutters, patient awareness literature, Jimmy’s Film show etc. Dr. Amin urged the concerned authorities to provide human resources especially in rural areas of Sindh where very expensive and sensitive equipment are lying and being wasted because of non availability of qualified persons. Efforts are needed to change our behavior and attitude, he added.

Earlier Mr. Arshad Khan, Deputy Marketing Manager of Otsuka Pakistan highlighted the activities of Otsuka Pakistan to create awareness about Hepatitis spread using electronic and print media among the public and healthcare professionals. Every month sixteen lucky winners are selected through lucky draw from hundreds of entries received. Dr. Saroop Chand from Anaj Bazar Dharki was the lucky winner for the month of October 2014 draw, while a number of consolation prizes will also be presented to others. Mr. Habib Navaid, Senior Director Marketing Mr. Khalid Munir Business Unit Head, Mr. Muhammad Ashraf RSM and some other senior executives from Otsuka were also present on this occasion.