World Hepatitis Day 2022

World Hepatitis Day is one of the global health campaigns earmarked by World Health Organization to be observed on July 28 every year. It aims to increase the global awareness of hepatitis and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Hepatitidies (Plural; of Hepatitis) are a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. They affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing short term acute (A and E) and long term chronic (B,C and D) diseases, and killing close to 1.34 million people every year. In some countries Hepatitis B & C are the commonest causes of cirrhosis and can also cause liver cancer (HCC). About 15 million people in Pakistan live with hepatitis B or C, with the overwhelming majority unaware of their disease and lack the knowledge about how the viral infection can be prevented and treated. The prevalence of hepatitis B in Pakistan is around 2.5%, while that of hepatitis C is 5%. But the prevalence is much higher than average in some districts of upper Sindh, Punjab, and Balochistan. About 300 people die in Pakistan every day due to complications caused by hepatitis, a much higher fatality rate than the current Covid-19 pandemic in Pakistan. PSSLD makes every effort to highlight this day in Pakistan by holding seminars and conferences all over Pakistan on this day and requesting dignitaries and health policy makers to attend and chair these sessions.


PSSLD is actively pursuing its goals of a Hepatitis free Pakistan, and for that purpose has repeated collaborated with international and national societies to hold conferences and seminars aimed at educating both the public at large and the doctor community specifically, and to bring in foreign experts and expertise to Pakistan to train our doctors. This year too a series of seminars were held all over Pakistan, either directly by PSSLD or in collaboration with it, to increase the awareness of hepatitis in general public.

Below this we need to show activities done at different cities like Karachi. Rawalpindi. Bahawalpur etc.

RAWALPINDI

27th July


PSSLD held a press conference in the Rawalpindi Press Club a day before the WHD to make sure that news papers on 28the contained the news. A free medical camp was also arranged to check the hepatitis status of all the participants.

28th July


Rawalpindi: Pakistan Society of Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD), in collaboration with the Pakistan Association of the Family Physicians (PAFM) – Rawalpindi Chapter, commemorated the World Hepatitis Day (WHD) on the 28th of July. To highlight the importance of this day senior hepatologists from Rawalpindi Islamabad area, got together in Pearl Continental Hotel Rawalpindi with more than 150 people, including family physicians, junior doctors, medical students, nurses and paramedical staff, patients of hepatitis and general public.


Past president of PSSLD Prof. Masood Siddiq talked about Hepatitidies A and E. These viruses usually cause a short lived illness, lasting 4 to 6 weeks. Recovery is almost always the rule, except in pregnant women where E virus infection can have dire results. Our ground water is so contaminated that we were informed that 95% of our children have been exposed to Hepatitis A by the time we 15 years old. Provision of safe and healthy water is a challenge for the individual, community and the state.


Hepatitis B was dealt with by Dr. Junaid Saleem. Hepatitis B virus can cause long term illness, which can lead to chronic liver disease 25% of the affected people; liver failure in 15%; and even liver cancer in 5% after two to three decades of illness. Almost 2.5% of the population at large in infected with Hepatitis B, and is it mo0re common in some parts of the country than in others.


Dr. Mohammad Salih, vice president PSSLD, discoursed upon Hepatitis C – which for Pakistan at least is the greater of the two evils amongst the long term infecting hepatitis viruses. In the general population in Pakistan about 5% are infected with Hepatitis C, and this pool is getting bigger by the day. Pakistan therefore has the second biggest pool of Hepatitis C patients in the world, and urgent and concerted measures are needed by all stake holders to effectively eliminate the disease from within us.


Finally the president of PSSLD Prof. Amjad Salamat told the audience about the modes of prevention of these diseases. He stressed upon the need for provision of potable water by the state and the use of boiled water by the individuals to prevent hepatitis A and E. He then told the audience about the unusually high use of injectable medicines in Pakistan – 13 to 15 injections per person per year as compared to 3 to 4 injection per person per year in the rest of the world. Reuse of syringes has to be prevented. Barbers are another source of spread of infection by reusing the blade holders if not the blades. In the end the public were informed about the availability of the effective vaccines for Hepatitis A, E and B, which are cheap, readily available, and very effective.


This was followed by a very interactive question and answer session in which the audience participated enthusiastically and asked question from the experts. The next planned step was a “Walk”, which had to be abandoned due to the inclement weather.

Rawalpindi PSSLD
Rawalpindi PSSLD
Rawalpindi PSSLD
Rawalpindi PSSLD

Karachi

Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD

Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD
Karachi PSSLD

Bahawalpur


Prof Qazi Masroor Ali held a seminar in Bahawalpur. They screened about 700 people in different Madarsas and one orphan school. They are now planning for Hep. B Vaccination.

Bahawalpur PSSLD
Bahawalpur PSSLD
Bahawalpur PSSLD
Bahawalpur PSSLD
Bahawalpur PSSLD
Bahawalpur PSSLD
Bahawalpur PSSLD
Bahawalpur PSSLD
Bahawalpur PSSLD
Bahawalpur PSSLD

Mardan


World hepatitis day was celebrated in the province of KPK by PSSLD. A complete awareness lecture on hep.c was delivered by prof. Dr Bakht Biland in mercy teaching hospital Peshawar and in ihsan medical complex mardan. In mercy teaching hospital all house officers, MOs, TMOs,nursing staff and medical students were invited,and In Mardan all medical staff students paramedics nursing staff OTAs and common masses were invited. Dr Bakht Biland delivered an awareness lecture to his students and hospital staff and paramedics. He also arranged for a screening camp.

Mardan PSSLD
Mardan PSSLD
Mardan PSSLD

Faisalabad


Dr Shahid Rasool held a seminar to highlight the importance of the world hepatitis day

Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD

Sukkur


Dr Saleh Channa arranged for a free medical camp and a seminar in Sukkur

Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD

Hyderabad


By Prof Sadik Memon from Hyderabad Sind

Faisalabad PSSLD

Jhelum


Dr Saeed Anwar Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist in Jhelum arranged for a free camp and a walk to increase the awareness of hepatitis B and C in Jhelum City. It was atttended by many GPS and students from Jehlum City. In the evening a seminar was arranged by the family physicians of Jhelum in a local hotel. Prof Amjad Salamat and Dr Junaid Saleem went from Rawalpindi to attend the seminar. The two doctors from Pindi talked shortly about the different kinds of hepatitis present in Pakistan. This was followed by a very active Q&A session for almost half an hour.

In the end the guests and participants all thanked and praised the efforts of Dr Saeed An war.

Faisalabad PSSLD

Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD
Faisalabad PSSLD