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10 million Pakistanis suffering from hepatitis
  Staff Report
RAWALPINDI: Over 10 million people in Pakistan are suffering from hepatitis 'B' and 'C' while globally the victims of disease are 430 million.
Medical experts said this while delivering lectures at a two-day symposium "Portal Hypertension, Bridging the Gap", organised by Foundation University Medical College (FUMC) in collaboration with Pakistan Society for Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD).
Eminent doctors and professors of medicines presented their research papers on hepatitis, its causes and remedial measures.
FUMC Principal Major General Ashraf Ali Malhi who chaired the inaugural session of the symposium said that South Asian countries were badly affected by hepatitis.
He said liver-related diseases had increased dramatically in Pakistan during the last decade. He suggested private-public sector partnership to eradicate menace of hepatitis and urged academia to play its role and find new techniques to overcome the disease.
"Use of alcohol, drugs, blood transfusion, used syringes, shaving blades and use of contaminated drinking water are the main causes of hepatitis," he added. He stressed need for awareness about preventive measures against the disease.
Dr Waseem Jafri, Dr Saeed Hamid, Prof Masood Siddique, Dr Shoiab Shafi, Dr Muzzafar Latif Gill, Dr Javed Aslam Butt, Dr Noorul Iman, Prof Najeebul Haq, Prof AA Durrani, Prof Muhammad Salih and others spoke on the occasion.
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