Pakistan committed to eliminating hepatitis for nation’s well-being: president

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 Pakistani President Arif Alvi said on Friday that his country is committed to making hepatitis prevention, control, and elimination a national priority for the well-being of the people.

In his message on World Hepatitis Day, the president highlighted that Pakistan has the world’s largest population of patients living with Hepatitis C, a staggering 10 million cases presently, saying there is a need for active screening of the entire population and prompt treatment of those found positive.

Alvi said that without timely action, the number of hepatitis cases in Pakistan may rise exponentially, leading to a devastating liver cancer epidemic, adding that the consequences are alarming with numerous deaths, liver cirrhosis cases, and a significant burden on the country’s economy.

He said that the incumbent government is committed to curbing the disease and has been taking special measures in recent years to secure a healthier and prosperous future for the nation.

“We are scaling up screening, testing, and treatment efforts while emphasizing preventive interventions nationwide. We must address the risk factors of the disease urgently, such as ensuring safe blood transfusions, using auto-disable syringes, and strict infection control practices in healthcare settings,” he added.

Alvi also called upon healthcare workers, stakeholders, and citizens to join hands to spread awareness about hepatitis prevention, screening, and treatment throughout communities.
“Together, we can create a healthier and brighter future for Pakistan, free from the burden of hepatitis and its related diseases by protecting the health of our people,” the president said.

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