KARACHI: Despite fasting, and also giving final touch to their preparations for the Eid festival, hundreds of Karachiites visited Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation(SIUT) Monday to avail of the free of charge screening facility against Hepatitis.
The screening against all types of Hepatitis and free administration of first dose of Hepatitis B was part of a programme organized at the Institute to celebrate World Hepatitis Day 2014, as a chance to call for a change in attitude towards viral hepatitis.
Growing concern of the people against their vulnerability to the viral ailment could be gauged through lines of people keen to get their blood tested and abdominal ultrasound done so as to ascertain their exact status in context of hepatitis.
The elaborate programme with the theme “Hepatitis: Think Again,”was particularly aimed at motivating the public to play their role in stopping the spread of this disease in the community.
During this activity a comprehensive questionnaire was filled by the people visiting SIUT to identify the risk of hepatitis.
Along with that a detailed awareness video presentation was shown which helped the people to identify the risk of hepatitis, mode of transmission and the preventive measures.
A consultation with the specialist doctor and dietician also drew attention of the people, whereas they took active part in the question and answer session.
Experts addressing a public awareness session informed people that 10.25 million Pakistanis were currently harboring either hepatitis B or C virus, that is 1 in every 13 persons is infected.
All across the world, Hepatitis B and C affects 500 million people, leading to chronic liver disease and complications. Nearly 1.5 million people every year die because of hepatitis worldwide.
Source : APP