Hepatitis patients continue to suffer as authorities fail

March 6, 2016 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The newly registered hepatitis patients continued to suffer in Sindh province as treatment of these patients could not begin yet due to shortage of injections at hepatitis centres, it was learned on Monday.

The shortage of injections in hepatitis centres operating under Hepatitis Prevention & Control Program (HPCP) Sindh continued across the province despite the lapse of four months, putting lives of hundreds of patients at risk.

A reliable sources at HPCP Sindh told that newly registered hepatitis were facing great hardships due delay in their treatment procedure. They said program management had not issued tender on time; therefore, such situation had emerged in the province.

The delay in issuance of injections and drugs purchase tender has hit the project hard, putting lives of hundreds of patients at stake throughout the province. Sources said the provincial program manager had earlier assured the supply of injections and drugs to newly registered patients, but treatment of patients could not be commenced yet.

Hundreds of newly registered patients throughout the province have been visiting the hepatitis centres on regular basis to get injections but they were being asked by doctors to buy drugs from private medical stores as supply has not started from hepatitis program to centres.

The shortage of injections in hepatitis centres has badly affected program performance as treatment of hepatitis patients was very costly and majority of patients could not afford treatment of disease.

Sources said there are about 61 hepatitis centres working under hepatitis program in the province out of which 16 are in Karachi where around 2,000 newly registered patients have been deprived of medicines and injections.

Focal Person, Hepatitis Prevention & Control Program, Civil Hospital Karachi, Dr Ghulam Mujtaba Memon, when contacted, said treatment of newly registered hepatitis patients had not begin yet in Karachi due to unavailability of drugs.

Program Manger, Hepatitis Prevention and Control Program, Dr Abdul Khaliq Shaikh told that the treatment and provision of drugs to newly registered patients would start this week. He informed that program administration had registered 4,000 new patients in last four months.