Workshop on
Hepatitis at KEMU

LAHORE: HAP CAN’T WAIT was the theme of a workshop organized by Department of Medicine, King Edward Medical University in connection with the World Hepatitis Day. The Chief Guest was Vice Chancellor Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal. Others present on the occasion included Medical Director Prof. Rana Dil Awaiz Nadeem, Prof. M. Anees, Dr. Farah Tabassum KEMCOLIAN, Dr. Bilal Aziz, Dr. Nasir Farooq Butt, Dr. Imran Mahfooz, Dr. Maimona and others with strict observance of Corona SOPs.

Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal, in his presidential address said that COVID-19 is a new disease and has spread all over the world. Hepatitis was also a new disease about 25-30 years back. It is a very deadly disease and causes more deaths annually than the Corona. However most of the people do not know that they are suffering from this disease. It can be very effectively treated it diagnosed at the early stage with consultation of qualified physician and carrying out lab tests. Due to lack of information and awareness, most people do not seek timely treatment. All preventive measures should be taken. It has been observed that Hepatitis is spread by unsterilized instruments, tattoos and body piercings. 10% of Pakistan's population is suffering from Hepatitis. Use of new syringe, safe blood transfusion, use of new razor and blade for shaving are some precautionary measures to lead a healthy and Hepatitis free life. Residents of nursing homes, prisons, and hostels should have regular check-ups and screenings. The only sure way to diagnose Hepatitis is a blood test, he added.

Chairperson Department of Medicine Prof. Bilquis Shabbir said that Pakistan is the second largest country in the world in terms of number of Hepatitis patients. As per survey of Health Department, about 400,000 people are infected with Hepatitis and more than 1.5 Lakh people die of Hepatitis in Pakistan every year. The most common symptom of Hepatitis is Nausea. The women should be careful when piercing their noses. She said that there is a complete cure for Hepatitis C, but before the liver shrinks, otherwise, the liver has to be transplanted. The Medical Director Mayo Hospital Prof. Rana Dil Awaiz Nadeem said that Hepatitis C virus is dangerous and it is necessary to be diagnosed and treated at the early stage. (PR)

Prof. Nazish Imran who recently got her PhD in Child Psychiatry from KEMU being presented the
degree by Prof.Khalid Masood Gondal VC KEMU. Also, seen in the picture from (L to R) are
Prof. Imran Hassan, Prof. Ijaz Hussain Pro VC KEMU, Prof. Amar Zaman, and
Prof. Asghar Naqi and Asghar and Prof. Khalid Cheema Controller of Examinations at KEMU.

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