30 July 2018
World Hepatitis Day was Celeberated on 28 July 2018 at RMI
A large number of consultants, nurses, paramedical staff from RMI, and the general public were part of the event. Activities of the event included an awareness walk, a lecture by chief guest Dr. Javed Iqbal from Lady Reading Hospital. Free hepatitis screening was also inaugurated at RMI for the general public.
Program incharge and senior consultant of RMI Dr. Muhammad Naveed Anwer added that this is Chronic viral hepatitis is a Global issue. More than 300 million people are infected worldwide. More than 400 thousand people die from the complications associated with Hep B and Hep C. In Pakistan it is thought that every 7th to 9th person is infected with either hepatitis B or C. Pakistan is only second to China as far as the global burden of disease is concerned. The disease is mainly spread by means infected instrument, razor blades, re use of disposal syringes and unsafe sexual practices etc.
WHO plans and is striving for hepatitis C free world by 2030. This can only be possible if the new infections are stopped and the current ones treated. RMI in recognition of its social-corporate responsibility has launched Free screening program. This program with screen 2000 people every month, free of cost, for a year initially. The patient who are found to carry the disease with be guided by a formally trained councilor.
The aim of this program is to find the people who are unaware that they are the carrier of this disease and is transmitting the disease unknowingly to the community they live in.
We hope and endeavor to see hepatitis free Pakistan by 2030 InshahAllah.