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Punjab seeks WHO help to fight hepatitis C

Today’s Latest News LAHORE:

Outraged by the “possible explosion” of fatal hepatitis C in Pakistan, especially in Punjab, which accounts for 60–70 percent of the country’s disease burden, the provincial government turned to the World Health Organization (WHO) for help to test the epidemic. Today’s Latest News The government requested Current Affairs WHO to send a team of technical experts from its headquarters in Geneva and the regional office for guidance and technical support.

It is estimated that there are 8 million to 11 million individuals with active HCV viremia and 240,000 new infections per year in Pakistan”,Current Affairs the letter said. It said Punjab accounted for almost 60 to 70 percent of HCV cases.

Daily Current Affairs According to the letter

there has been initial progress in hepatitis response in Punjab with the establishment of a program management unit in 2016.

There is a network of 138 testing and treatment sites at teaching, DHQ and THQ hospitals in the province, and access to low cost generic direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for less than $35 for a treatment course.

Similarly, Current Affairs the establishment of a centralized viral load testing facility, transport network, and a central hepatitis reporting dashboard was providing in real-time an overview of overall program progress across all sites.

New Current Affairs Of Despite all efforts

the burden of a deadly disease increased at times. As of the end of December 2019, more than one million people have been tested for hepatitis B and C, and about 300,000 have been treated, ”the letter says, adding that most people infected with HCV remain undiagnosed.

Latest News WHO in Pakistan

He was tested in one of the union councils of Techsil Shahkot for three weeks. Current Affairs “This phase of pre-testing has successfully completed, and the hepatitis program has reached almost 90 percent of the target at this stage,” the letter said. He informed the head of Latest News WHO in Pakistan that at the moment the preliminary testing phase is being consolidated by reaching almost 1200-1500 people, linking the remaining 500 Current Affairs diagnosed patients with evaluation/treatment and implementation of the expansion plan in other Shakhkot trade union councils. @BulletinHub

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