KARACHI – As many as 111 people die daily due to complications of hepatitis B and C in Pakistan, which are largely preventable and treatable diseases but unfortunately most people in the country are unknown that they are infected with these fatal viruses who are extremely quiet killer, leading gastroenterologists and herpetologists said on Friday.
They said that viral hepatitis could become "2nd polio for Pakistan" because the whole world planned to eliminate it in 2030, but in Pakistan, the majority of people did not even know they were infected with hepatitis B and C and added that save that severe restrictions could be imposed on Pakistanis if virus hepatitis was not controlled in Pakistan before 2030.
"Over 40,000 people die in Pakistan every year because of hepatitis B and C complications including liver cancer, which means 1
The press conference and a public awareness seminar were organized by the Pakistan Society for the Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD) to mark World Hepatitis Day 2018, which was treated by leading gastroenterologists and hepatologists including Prof Wasim Jaffri, Prof Zaigham Abbass, Prof Saleh Muhammad Channa, Prof Lubna Kamani , Dr. Abdul Qayyum Memon, Dr. Bashir Ahmed Shaikh and others.
Prof Saeed Hamid, the former president of the PSSLD, claimed that Hepatitis B and C killed more people than combined deaths of tuberculosis (TB), dengue fever, malaria and HIV / AIDS in Pakistan, and fortunately, the majority of deaths were on Because of hepatitis B and C, preventable and 100 percent curable.
"Hepatitis C spreads through contaminated blood and if we make people aware of its transmission, this disease can be prevented. Infected blood transfusion is another cause of transmission, so if screened blood is transfected, hepatitis B and C infections can also be prevented , said Prof Saeed Hamid, adding that hepatitis B could also be prevented by vaccination, which was now part of the country's immunization program.
Eminent gastroenterologist further informed that Hepatitis B and C were 100 percent curable and treatable diseases now due to the emergence of highly effective drugs and saying that medicines for hepatitis B and C treatment were available at relatively affordable prices in Pakistan, while most of these drugs were also of international standards.
"The world's goal is to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030 as polio from around the world and there is no reason that it can not be eliminated. In Pakistan, the challenge is to find the missing environment because the majority of our infected people are not aware that they are infected with hepatitis B or C virus, "he added.
As stated at the time, Prof Zaigham Abbass said from Ziauddin Hospital Karachi 4.5 to five million people in Pakistan were infected with hepatitis B only, but added that hepatitis B infection rate was very high in some areas of Balochistan where in 9-10 district more than 10 percent were infected with hepatitis B virus in 15 districts of Sindh and Punjab, over 5 percent of people were infected with this viral hepatitis.
"The only option available to combat this threat is hepatitis B vaccination and fortunately, this infection is not only preventable by vaccination but can also be treated with access to modern drugs, "he added.
On occasion, Prof Zaigham Abbass called on the authorities to start giving f the highest dose of hepatitis B vaccination on the first day of the child's birth, saying that the risk of infected with hepatitis B infections becomes very minimal.