HEPATITIS ”B” AND ”C”.
Hepatitis “B” and “C” have emerged as major Public Health Problems in Pakistan. It has been estimated that every 13th Pakistani is potentially infected with either Hepatitis B or C. According to estimates, overall prevalence of Hepatitis B and C is 3-4 (6 million infections) and 6-8 (7 million infections) respectively in Pakistan. With these facts it is estimated that about 15 million people somehow harbor hepatitis viruses in their bodies. The situation of infectious hepatitis is even much worse. The annual liver admissions and mortalities in established GI & Liver Centers ranges from 25-35% in various parts of the country. All these put economic burden on health costs in budgets.
Keeping in view the significance of this health problem, the Government of the Punjab has approved PC-I for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis covering the period 2009 to 2012, and allocated a sum of Rs. 2286.23 million for the above period. The mission is to adopt systematic approach to provide scientific foundation for the prevention, control and elimination of hepatitis virus infection in the Punjab and assist the public and professional in these activities.
The main concept is to give sufficient, affordable, accessible and high quality preventive, primitive and curative program for hepatitis control in the Punjab. This will improve health status of the people of Punjab by protecting them from Hepatitis B and C.
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