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Liver diseases, hepatitis C assuming alarming proportions in Pakistan: warns health experts
Karachi: Health experts and speaker at a seminar on "Innovations in management of Hepatitis C" warned that Hepatitis C and other liver related disease were assuming alarming proportion in Pakistan with each passing day.
The seminar was organised by Sarwar Zubari Liver Centre at Arag Auditorium of Dow University of Health and Sciences (DUHS) on Thursday.
Vice Chancellor DUHS Prof. Masood Hameed Khan expressed concern over the fast increase in Hepatitis C and other liver-related diseases in Pakistan.
He laid stress on the need to create awareness about liver diseases so that the fast growing of liver disease could be contained and the number of liver patients could be minimized.
He urged that seminars and workshops should be arranged so that awareness could be created about the disease.
Prof. Masood said that liver transplant was the last option in case of liver failure but being so expensive and lack of human resources this facility was not available in all hospitals of the country.
Dr. Adeel Butt, Director International Scholars Programme University of Pittsburgh and Director of VAPHS Infectious Diseases Clinics USA said that joindus and liver cancer might happen to the patients of Hepatitis C due to which liver might fail functioning.
He rejected the notion that impure water and unhealthy food was the main cause of the disease instead use of unsafe syringes is responsible for spreading the fatal disease.
"50 to 60 per cent patients of hepatitis c are curable but they can not be treated completely due to other diseases in the patient. Conventional therapy is used across the world to treat this illness and must be introduced in all hospitals of Pakistan, he observed.
Director Sarwar Zubair liver Centre, Dr. Rana Masood Khan said that these types of seminars for bringing awareness to the people would be organized in future.
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