Hepatitis Disease will be Eradicated in Pakistan by 2030
Hepatitis is a serious disease. Reiterating its commitment to eradicating hepatitis from the country within the next 7 years, Pakistan promised to accelerate efforts to diagnose and prevent the disease. News agency ‘Associated Press of Pakistan’ (APP) According to Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, Masood Khan, speaking at the United Nations Group of Friends panel in New York, reiterated his commitment to eradicating hepatitis by 2023.
National Strategic Framework
The Pakistani ambassador said the government’s priorities include updating the National Strategic Framework, improving surveillance, increasing hepatitis B vaccination, increasing hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing and treatment facilities, and community-based organizations.
The National Hepatitis Elimination Profile
He hoped that the implementation of the above measures would bring Pakistan closer to eradication of hepatitis by 2030. Referring to the National Hepatitis Elimination Profile (NHEP) initiative, Masood Khan said that by 2030, Pakistan would be free from hepatitis. It plans to screen millions and treat millions.
Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization
He also appreciated the role of international partners, especially the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) in the fight against hepatitis in Pakistan. Keep in mind that according to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2019, one and a half million people in Pakistan have hepatitis. are suffering from B and C and one and a half million new cases are reported annually in the country. However, according to a report prepared by the government of Pakistan in 2022, there are about one crore hepatitis C patients in the country, while the number of hepatitis B patients The number is less than that.
Inflammation of Liver
About 30,000 people died in 2019 due to the said disease. Hepatitis is actually inflammation of the liver. And is often cause by a viral infection. But it can also have other causes, including a reaction to medication, drugs, alcohol, etc.
Millions of people around the world suffer from it every year. And most of them are not aware of it until it has worsen. There are different types of liver infections such as hepatitis is divided into A, B, C, D, and E. For example, hepatitis C is a mild form of the disease. while C and D are more serious. And their treatment also depends on the type of hepatitis. You have and the cause of the infection. It can be transmit from one person to another. Especially through bodily fluids, contaminate injection needles, physical contact, etc.