Hepatitis is claiming 0.12 mln lives in Pakistan per anum

HYDERABAD:The Hepatitis is claiming around 0.12 million lives every year in Pakistan and if the authorities concerned failed to initiate sincere efforts, the numbers of death could rise further.

Dr. Ali Akbar Siddiqui, talking to this scribe here on Thursday said that awareness to masses about precautionary measures against disease could reduce the numbers of hepatitis patients in the country in general and in Sindh particularly where the disease is spreading with rapid pace mainly in rural parts.

Hepatitis is treatable disease but due to lack of awareness and carelessness of the people it was causing deaths in the country, Dr. Siddiqui said and urged the people to follow principle of “prevention is better than cure” for protecting themselves from diseases particularly avoiding the used shaving blades, razors, and make-up kits of beauty parlors, unsafe water, unhygienic food, blood transfusion and illegitimate relations.

Dr. Ali Akbar Siddiqui further said that around three million patients in Pakistan were suffering from severe progressive hepatitis-C, which leads to liver failure.There was also an alarmingly high incidence of liver cancer in Pakistan and it was expected to be the most common cancer in the country.

Dr. Ali Akbar Siddiqui expressed grave concern over quack doctors,who, he said, were involved in causing Hepatitis with wrong diagnosis and prescription and termed it punishable offence on charge of playing with the live of the people. It was because of wrong treatment that number of the cases of Hepatitis-D has increased in the province.

Source : APP