Around 1/10 of Balochistan’s population affected by Hepatitis

More than 8% of Balochistan's population had been affected by Hepatitis.

Hepatitis testing.

More than 8% of Balochistan’s population has been affected by Hepatitis, Dr. Gul Sabeen Kakar, The Chief Minister’s Coordinator on Hepatitis, said on Friday.

“Nine districts in the province are at high risk of the disease where its spread is so alarming,” said Dr. Gul Sabeen Kakar during a briefing. She referred to Kohlu, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Punjgur, Loralai, Barkhan, Sohbat Pur, Zhob, and Musa Khail as the nine worst Hepatitis affected and high-risk districts.

A patient receiving free treatment for Hepatitis in Balochistan. (EXPRESS/FILE)

“Some 0.6 million people have been vaccinated against Hepatitis while 3000 patients diagnosed with Hepatitis C were provided with the required treatment”.

Parliamentary Secretary Health Dr. Rubaba Bulaidi also informed the meeting that more than 8% of Balochistan’s population had been affected by Hepatitis.

World Hepatitis Day being observed in Balochistan a few days back. (Voice of Balochistan)

She also informed that The WHO (World Health Organization), UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) had been asked to play their role in eradicating the disease.

Further expressing her concern on the rising cases of Hepatitis across the province, she stressed the need for taking concrete measures to curb the disease effectively. “We have to review the ongoing strategy and programs underway for controlling hepatitis, so that more effective strategy be devised,” she said.

She said following the directives of Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan Alyani, every possible step would be taken to control the spread of Hepatitis across the province.

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