Health Minister inaugurates free screening camp for Hepatitis B, C and TB for police personnel

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for National Health Services Aamer Mehmood Kiani on Wednesday inaugurated a free screening camp for Hepatitis B, C and TB at Police Headquarters in Islamabad.

In his remarks on the occasion, the minister said that 12,000 Officers and Staff of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police will benefit from free facility. He said that screening process will help in early detection and quick treatment of the personnel.

Aamer Kiani said that our government is cognizant of the risk posed to health of people by hepatitis C and TB including infectious diseases when these diseases affect poor people they are pushed into further poverty. He said that the present government is committed to poverty alleviation and our focus is the poor segment of society.

Pakistan has the second highest disease burden of hepatitis C in the world. Almost 10 million people are affected with hepatitis C in Pakistan.

Inadequately screened blood transfusions; inappropriately sterilized medical/surgical/dental/gynecological instruments; sharing razors, shaving blades and toothbrushes are the most significant risk factors for the transmission of the hepatitis C in Pakistan. If left untreated many people will develop life threatening complications including liver cancer.

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