Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis


 Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Para- medical staff should be provided training besides

acknowledging their services - Dr. Safia Zafar

KARACHI: Para medical staff is the backbone of every healthcare facility and most of the time they are criticized. They must be provided training besides acknowledging their services which will help them to perform better. This was stated by Dr. Safia Zafar Associate Professor. & Head of Anesthesia Department at Dow International Medical College & Dow University Hospital Karachi while performing Otsuka Lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office here on September 27, 2013. Mr. Abid Hussain Chief Executive Otsuka Pakistan and other senior executives of the company were also present on the occasion.

Dr. Safia Zafar performing Otsuka Lucky draw held on
September 27, 2013 at Otsuka Head Office.


Dr. Safia further said that House Officers, PG’s, Nurses and Para- medical staff are the responsible persons for the management of the patients. These people should be educated to avoid Pricking of I.V Infusion bottles which is a very common practice and it is a major cause of Hepatitis spread in Pakistan. Education and making them aware of the dangers of pricking intravenous bottles will help to control hepatitis and other diseases. Prevention, she said is the most important factor which will only be achieved if we create awareness and educate people regarding preventive measures which are very simple to adopt. She 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. She commended the efforts being made by Otsuka management which is providing quality IV products which does not require pricking. She also urged other IV Preparation manufactures to provide quality products which should have the proper point for addition of other required injectables. 
Mr. Muhammad Arshad Deputy Marketing Manager Otsuka Pakistan stated that this continuing educational campaign is being run 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. Film shows regarding dangers of IV pricking, Hepatitis screening camps, and different activities on Nurses day, provision of syringe cutters in various hospitals of the country are also part of this activity, he added. Dr. Shusheela Mahender
Lal Maternity Home from Kashmore was the lucky winner for the month of September 2013 draw.