Lack of prevention: Hepatitis cases on rise in Sindh

July 25, 2014 Off By Web Desk

LARKANA: World is commemorating World Hepatitis Day on July 28; however, hepatitis cases are on a sharp rise in Sindh province as there is lack of preventive measures both by the public and the Sindh health department.

Upper Sindh is facing huge burden of hepatitis cases. Out of 54,937 blood samples tested on ICT and Elisa, as many as 23,642 turned out to be suffering from either Hepatitis B, C or D when these cases were brought for PCR test from December 2009 to June 2014 at the Molecular Laboratory of Chandka Medical College (CMC) Hospital in Larkana.

These 54,937 samples were tested positive by ICT and then Elisa method and all the positive samples are referred to PCR tests for the treatment purposes.

Out of these 23,642 positive cases tested on PCR method as many as 5812 were detected suffering from HBV (DNA) Quantitative out of 16298 samples, 16,077 HCV (RNA) Qualitative were positive out of 35,354 samples, 1211 HDV (RNA) Quantitative were detected positive out of 2605 cases and 542 HCV (RNA) Genotyping found positive out of 680 blood samples. Hence the ICT & Elisa tested cases percentage comes to 43.03% which is sufficient proof that this dreaded disease continue to penetrate into the masses sharply instead of declining massively due to non-availability & non-visibility of preventive measures.

These cases pertain to five districts of Larkana Division. Ratodero, Dokri and Bakrani taluka of Larkana district, Kambar-Shahdadkot, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Kashmore @ Kandhkot  districts are also among the worst affected areas where Hepatitis C and D is spreading fast.

According to expert doctors who have already warned several times before that if effective preventive measures are initiated by the District Health Officers of Sindh by making regular awareness through their workforce among general practitioners, quacks and hair dressers this deadly disease is very difficult to halt from further spreading. At the moment the preventive side is totally silent and has done nothing so far to fulfil their legal & moral obligation & duties though billions of rupees are annually allocated by the government out of taxpayers’ hard earned money but in return these tax payers only get epidemics, serious ailments & diseases.

It is direly needed that the Sindh health department should improve its governance and stop waste of precious funds and divert them to ensuring better healthcare of the resident of the province.

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