KARACHI: It is estimated that in Pakistan about 8 million people are infected with hepatitis C and about 4 million with hepatitis B, said the speakers of a programme arranged by Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplant (SIUT) on Wednesday to observe the World Hepatitis Day.
They said one in twelve people worldwide are living with either chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Many among them are even not aware about it. If left untreated hepatitis B and C can leave cirrhosis of liver. Ending up with all complications like vomiting of blood, water accumulation in body and abdomen, attacks of unconsciousness, last but not the least liver cancer in some of the cases.
The World Hepatitis Day is observed globally on May 19th 2010 to spread awareness about this silent killer. On the day, people visiting SIUT were tested for hepatitis B and C. Ultrasound of liver and spleen was done in all the cases.
Visitors appreciated the video presentation on the mode of spread of hepatitis B and C. Both of these viruses are being spread in our population through reuse of syringes, needles, blades and unsterilized equipment. It is very important to screen the blood products properly for these viruses and observe proper sterilization measures during dental and surgical procedures. New blade should be used for shaving. The treatment by drips and injection should be discouraged.
Around 1,500 people responded. All visitors had their weight, height and blood pressure recorded. Dieticians were available for dietary advice about healthy food. Persons, who were found positive for hepatitis B or C, were given appointments for follow up at OPD. Presentation also highlighted the services of hepatogestroentrology services at SIUT which provides comprehensive and state of the art facilities to the public free of cost with dignity.
Dr Zaigham Abbas, Dr Mujahid Hassan and Dr Nasir Hassan responded to the queries raised by the visitors.
Dr Abdal Wasim, Dr Haider Mehdi and Dr Arsalan Khan were there to respond the queries related to hepatobiliary surgery and cadaveric liver transplantation.