Efforts on to make city free of Hepatitis virus

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Staff Reporter

Under the Hepatitis Free Rawalpindi city Initiative, a project of Rawalpindi Medical University (RMU), free medical camps would be set up at 46 union councils for screening of Hepatitis B and C. Senior Registrar Holy Family Hospital Dr Zahid Mehmood Minhas told media that more than 10 million population are suffering from Hepatitis C virus with high mortality and morbidity in Pakistan.
‘Presently, the prevalence of HCV is 6.7 percent and Hepatitis B 3 percent while the most affected age group was 18 to 55 years, he said. Dr Zahid said that to make Rawalpindi free from Hepatitis a comprehensive programme is underway including awareness campaign, screening, advertisement, mobilization of community and laboratory test.