World Hepatitis Day observed annually on 28th July worldwide to promote awareness about the prevention and control of Hepatitis. In this context, University Medical & Dental College Faisalabad (UMDC) arranged a seminar followed by an awareness walk, presided by Brig (Retd) Dr Muhammad Saeed, MS Madina Teaching Hospital (MTH).
In a keynote address, Dr Khalid Mehmood Yahya, Head Department of Medicine, MTH expressed that about 10 percent population of Pakistan is affected by Hepatitis. Hepatitis C is more common than B.
He said that more than 150 million patients of Hepatitis B and C are present in Pakistan. Hepatitis C is not an infectious disease but its B type is more fatal even than AIDS and Mass Vaccination program is needed in the country, in this regard.
He further elaborated that the spread of this fatal disease is mainly due to re-use of disposable syringes, transfusion of unscreened blood, use of contaminated medical equipment, intake of contaminated water and food and sexual contacts.
Dr Muhammad Saeed in his concluding remarks expressed that to create awareness among the masses regarding such fatal diseases country wide awareness campaigns should be moved.
Dr Syed Akhtar Hussain Bokhari, Principal Dental Section UMDC, Mr Saleem Akhtar Kayani, Director Press & Publication, Doctors and staff from Madina Teaching Hospital attended the session.
The seminar was followed by an awareness walk in which MBBS students, staff and faculty members participated.