Hepatitis in Pakistan

Ateeq shay Gulab

Pakistan stands as the second highest hepatitis affected country in the world. The world observed the Hepatitis Day on July 28, when the people resolved to continue efforts to put an end to the disease that affects millions of people every year. According to estimation, 150,000 people die every year due to hepatitis in Pakistan. The viral hepatitis causes acute and chronic liver disease that kills around 5 lakh patients annually. Pakistan despite having a huge population of hepatitis sufferers has not yet paid any serious attention.
Owing to non-existent of health coverage and treatment the population of the country is at risk. Moreover, 27 million people suffer from hepatitis B and 1.35 million infected with hepatitis C and the figure continues to rise. According to the experts, vaccine is the best way to prevent the disease but it is unaffordable for poor who are always facing the consequences of the disease. In reality, there is a dire need to educate every people about the disease. And the lady health workers and health department can play their due role to create awareness of hepatitis among the masses. The WHO and government are requested to eliminate the disease and save the country.
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