A training course on the topic of ‘Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment’ has been organized by Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre (PKLI&RC) that starts today on June 5, 2017 in Lahore. The course is aimed to train the medical officers who are to be appointed and posted at district and tehsil headquarter hospitals, all over Punjab. The training course is organized in line with the objectives of Hepatitis Control Program of Government of Punjab by the PKLI’s Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment Clinic (HPTC) 60 newly appointed medical doctors attended the course on the first day. The six days training course provides a comprehensive understanding of the subject to the attendees and it includes talks by experienced and renowned medical professionals.
The participants were given lectures by Dr. Zahida Sarwar, Director Hepatitis Program, Prof. Dr. Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab, Chief Executive Officer, General Hospital & Principal Ameer-ud-din Medical College and Dr. Abdul Nadir, Director Hepatology. Dr. Zahida Sarwar highlighted that the major issue underlying hepatitis prevention and control in Pakistan is lack of awareness by providers, who do not screen properly those, who are at risk of getting infected by hepatitis. She stated that by improving healthcare knowledge and legislative framework, we may be able to eliminate hepatitis transmission and reduce the number of victims who become chronically infected. Dr. Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab delivered a presentation in which he shared a demographic graph regarding hepatitis prevalence ratio in Punjab, which stands at an alarming 6.8%. He stated, that it is a matter of grave concern that a disease like hepatitis, that is easily preventable, has transformed into an epidemic. In Pakistan, 1 in 3 persons is infected from it. He added prevention, testing and treatment is the only way to make hepatitis free Pakistan.
Dr. Abdul Nadir, Director Hepatology, PKLI&RC mentioned 6 strategic goals set out by PKLI’s Hepatitis Prevention and Treatment Program (HPTP). He stated, that the clinic that is currently functional under this program is providing its services in hepatology, fibroscan, endoscopy and ultrasound. He told, our clinicians are working extensively and so far, the clinic has provided treatment to nearly 7,500 hepatitis patients. He added, PKLI aims to raise the overall standards of the healthcare sector of Pakistan. He said the strategic goals of the HPTP needs to be implemented at the state level and every concerned department like health and IT need to take full responsibility for it. PKLI, on the other hand, will play an active role in screening, vaccination and treatment of Hepatitis by teaming up with national and international institutions. Such a plan will be helpful in generating a robust database for every patient and will also put a major focus on identifying and preventing the risk factors associated with the disease. This is the only way we can achieve our goal of hepatitis free Pakistan.