PESHAWAR: The provincial authorities has bought hepatitis drugs worth Rs5 million and is being supplied to all government-run hospital throughout the province.

but, resources say that there was a pointy rise within the range of Hepatitis B and C sufferers in recent years but the authorities handiest allotted a meagre amount of just Rs5 million you bought drug treatments if you want to barely be sufficient to cover the registered sufferers of the disorder.

They talked about that the Punjab authorities is far in advance in this regards, purchasing medicines well worth Rs700 million.

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facts of the health department shows that there have been as many as 12,000 Hepatitis-C sufferers in the province till remaining year. This grew to 16,000 this yr with four,000 in clean registrations.

in addition, the variety of Hepatitis-B patients has increased from 5,500 to 7,000 following 2,500 fresh registrations this 12 months.

This brings the superiority rate of Hepatitis B and C in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to two.Five% and four.5% respectively and does now not include facts from the newly merged tribal districts.

but, docs claimed that the numbers supplied by using the authorities were fake and that the real number of Hepatitis C patients become a good deal better, near 70,000. As a result, they termed the authorities’s measures to address it as insufficient.

The resources stated that of the 4,000 new Hepatitis-C registrations this 12 months, 1,500 patients were registered at the girl analyzing health center in Peshawar even as different huge clinical coaching institutes (MTI) hospitals of Khyber teaching health center (KTH) and the Hayatabad scientific Centre (HMC) had greater than six hundred sufferers sign in.

further, a few 500 Hepatitis C patients registered at the Naseerullah Babar Memorial clinic in Peshawar.

In other districts of the province, as many as 1,2 hundred Hepatitis-C sufferers had been registered in Swat and Mansehra each, 600 in Charsada, and Mardan each, 500 in Buner, two hundred in Nowshera and Tank each and a hundred in Lakki Marwat.

For Hepatitis B, there are 1,300 registered patients in Dera Ismail Khan, 600 in Bannu, 500 in Tank, four hundred in Mansehra, two hundred in Buner and Swat every and one hundred fifty in Lakki Marwat.

sources brought that till the current procurement of drugs, the availability of free hepatitis medicines had floor to a halt after past shares ran out. But with stocks replenished, hospitals have started out giving out the drugs again.

An skilled hepatologist said that a upward push in the population, intake of unhygienic meals and contaminated water, a dilapidated sewerage device, sharing syringes and a standard lack of expertise about the unfold of the disorder have been the most important reasons for the unexpected upward thrust within the number of hepatitis infections.

The hepatologist claimed that dental units at authorities-run hospitals had been additionally answerable for spreading the disease because of the negative cleanliness of surgical items.

published inside the express Tribune, June fiveth, 2019.