10m Hepatitis C patients in Pakistan

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In connection with World Hepatitis, Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre (PKLI&RC) held an awareness seminar and Hepatitis-free Pakistan walk and organised free screening camp.

Pakistan has the world’s second highest prevalence of hepatitis C, after Egypt. Almost 10 million people in Pakistan are suffering from Hepatitis C, while above 5 million are infected with Hepatitis B. This means one in every 12 Pakistanis is stricken with this disease without being aware of its symp-toms. In this connection, PKLI&RC successfully conducted a walk and seminar with an aim to raise awareness about preventive measures for lowering the risk of Hepatitis in the country.

Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre (PKLI&RC) Dean Prof Dr Faisal Saud Dar, Hospital Director Dr Faisal Amir, Chairman Gastro-enterology and Hepatology, Dr Usman Iqbal Aujla, head of clinical and non-clinical departments, con-sultants and other staff members of the hospital participated in the walk. The event featured scientific talks on the causes, prevention, screening, vac-cination and treatment of Hepatitis and liver diseases by a number of qualified consultants and foreign experts. The speakers imparted contemporary knowledge and research findings to the audience who expressed that they gained useful information from the medical specialists’ talks.

Addressing on this occasion, Prof Dr Faisal Saud Dar said that PKLI had served patient interactions. The hospital has left no stone unturned to lower the burden of diseases. It is pertinent to mention that PKLI has successfully performed more than 500 kidney and liver transplants in a very short span of time.

PKLI has achieved many historic milestones, including the first-ever cadaveric transplant in Punjab and liver transplant in children, he added. In addition, PKLI is all set to perform bone marrow transplants in the near future.

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