Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis


Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

Frequency of Hepatitis is quite high

in surgical patients - Dr. Ziaul Islam

KARACHI: Hepatitis A, B & C is increasing very rapidly in our country and we see about three to four cases in twenty to twenty five cases examined in daily practice at our Department. Pricking of I.V infusion bottle is still a very common practice by Para medical staff besides reuse of disposable syringes especially in rural and peripheral areas which are major causes of Hepatitis spread. This was stated by Dr. Ziaul Islam Consultant General Surgeon Department of Surgery 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 September 25, 2014


Dr. Ziaul Islam from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Karachi
performing the Otsuka Lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office
on September 25, 2014

Dr. Zia-Ul-Islam, was of the view that GP’s and Para medics especially those practicing in rural and peripheral areas should be educated to stop re-use of syringes which is a very common practice. 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 bottle. Education and making them aware of the dangers of pricking intravenous bottles will help to control Hepatitis and other diseases. Screening of patients should be a routine practice in our hospitals which will also help to prevent different infectious diseases. He appreciated the Otsuka awareness campaign and hoped that their efforts will help reduce the prevalence of Hepatitis in Pakistan.

Earlier Mr. Muhammad Arshad, Deputy Marketing Manager of Otsuka Pakistan, highlighted the aims and objectives of Saviors’ Club and Otsuka awareness campaign against hepatitis. This continuing educational campaign, he stated, 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.  Syringe cutters were also provided in hospital to discard the used syringes besides reading material to avoid needle stick injuries. Dr. Fakhra from Al-Shifa Centre from Gharo was the lucky winner for the month of September, 2014 draw.