MULTAN: An anti-hepatitis awareness week for the vision of hepatitis-free Punjab was concluded on Saturday.
Multan District Health Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Aashiq Hussain, while addressing the ceremony, said various awareness programmes were launched during the anti-hepatitis campaign where people were educated on the precautionary measures. He said patients were provided with free medicines and vaccinations and were registered for free treatment. He added that advanced testing kits have been imported from certified companies to serve the patients.
“Hepatitis is a curable disease and can be controlled by a complete treatment and prevention,” said Dr Aashiq. He advised the citizens to cooperate with the district administration to eliminate the disease. “People should register and cooperate with the district administration for identification of this disease,” he added.
He further said those who were diagnosed with hepatitis and had registered in the anti-hepatitis weak were being treated with no cost.
Speaking on the occasion, Medical Superintendent (MS) Civil Hospital Dr Zahid Akhtar said hepatitis mostly spread through blood transfers.
“Patients should not use blood strained and used syringes and blood should always be tested before being transferred,” he guided. “Moreover, he said, “people should avoid making tattoos and always use a new pin for piercing of nose and ears.”
Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2017.