PESHAWAR: World Hepatitis Day was observed across the Globe as this year the theme of the day was “to find missing people” every after ten people one person is hepatitis positive in Pakistan while Pakistan is the second country in the number of hepatitis patients.
This was said in a seminar organized by Hepatitis Control Program Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Police Services Hospital Peshawar, on the occasion project director hepatitis control program Dr. Kaleem Ullah and other senior doctors were present.
Dr. Kaleem Ullah said that so far they were registered around 12000 patients of hepatitis C across KP and they were provided free medical facilities as the test of these patients were made negative after proper treatment and now they were enjoy healthy life, adding that around 5500 patients they were registered and vaccinated from hepatitis B virus.
He further added that the department introduces a new treatment for hepatitis C patients as these medicines were Sofosbovir as with the regular using these medicines for three month each month one tablet , adding that they were in contact with five different companies and soon it would be purchased.
He further added that the hepatitis control program is a PSDP program under the federal government as the total budget of the project is 89 million rupees as around 6.8 million rupees were released to them in the form of salaries, adding that there is a dire need that the federal and provincial government should take this project as serious and save the coming generation for this silent killers.
He further said that they were purchasing medicines from their budget, adding that the provincial government should include it in MMC purchasing committee because already the department has a huge burden of patients.
Dr. Kaleem added that around 33 centers were working in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where diagnosing facility is available for the patients, adding and accepted that still the monitoring and data system need further improvement to collect the data of patients in KP from periphery hospitals.
He further added that in KP the most affected district from hepatitis C were district Hangue, Swat, D.I. Khan, Dir Lower, Dir Upper, Charsadda and Mardan.
A walk was also organized in the premises of the hospital to raise awareness among the people about hepatitis and take precautionary measures to save themselves and their family member from hepatitis disease.
According to the district health information system report in 2016 around 11638 hepatitis C cases were reported while around 3642 cases of hepatitis B were registered while in 2017 around 8315 cases of hepatitis C were registered while 6315 cases of hepatitis B were registered.