HCPs needs to be educated to avoid pricking of IV infusion bottles and prevent NSIs - Prof. Farooq Umer


 Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

HCPs needs to be educated to avoid
pricking of IV infusion
 bottles and
prevent NSIs - Prof. Farooq Umer

KARACHI: All categories of Healthcare Professionals including House Officers, PG’s, Nurses and Paramedical staff are responsible for the management of the patients. Hence they all should be educated to avoid Pricking of I.V Infusion bottles which 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. Muhammad Farooq Umer, Professor and Head Department of Surgery, Jinnah Medical & Dental College/Hospital Karachi while performing Otsuka Lucky draw held at, Jinnah Medical College and Hospital Karachi on 25th September 2018. Event was also attended by Prof. Abdullah Muttaqi, Dr. Taha Junaid Dr. Dleep Kumar from Department of Surgery, Prof. Salman Matiullah, Head Department of ENT and Dr. Usra from Plastic Surgery Department besides members of the Marketing & Sales team from Otsuka Pakistan.

M/s Otsuka Pakistan arranged its monthly lucky draw in connection with its awareness campaign
against Hepatitis at Jinnah Medical & Dental College/Hospital in Karachi on 25th September 2018.
Group photograph taken on the occasion shows Dr. Muhammad Farooq Umer along with Prof.
Abdullah Muttaqi and Prof. Salman Matiullah photographed with members of the
Marketing & Sales team from Otsuka Pakistan.

Prof. Farooq Umer further stated 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. Due to awareness campaigns, people are now aware about consequences of pricking of IV Bottles and needle stick injuries but still lot of efforts are needed to further promote this message. 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. Prof. Abdullah Muttaqi offered to provide all kind of assistance to Otsuka management for arrangement of CME programme for healthcare providers at Jinnah Medical College and Hospital. He 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. Muhammad Arshad, Marketing Manager from Otsuka Pakistan gave briefing about various activities which Otsuka Pakistan has been conducting so far through the help of their marketing department and field force. Otsuka Pakistan, he stated provide complete range of IV Solutions, has specially designed bottles which does not require pricking, to avoid infections and provide maximum protection. Apart from providing informative literature Otsuka has provided syringe cutters to healthcare professionals and in the Wards so that needles are properly disposed off after use eliminating their reuse which is a potent source of infection. In connection with the International Nurses Day every year various activities are arranged besides Hepatitis Screening Camps and educational printed material. Otsuka also manufacture fluids which do not require mixing but these products will reach to patients only if they are prescribed by Brand name, he added. Dr. Omparkash form Tando Muhammad Khan was the lucky winner for the month of September 2018 lucky draw.