Pakistan is home to second highest number of Hepatitispatients in the world, around 15 million people in the country are affected by hepatitisB or C. If government wants to perform better in the ranking it have to providebetter health water and health facilities.
Dr. Abdullah Rana, President of Pakistan Medical AssociationSargodha, highlighted this issue in a seminar held on Hepatitis. He suggestedthat government should take concrete steps such as providing clean drinkingwater, better sewerage facilities and an end to growing vegetables throughcontaminated water.
According to a survey quoted by The Economist, Pakistan cansave the lives of 320,000 people in 15 years by providing better healthfacilities to patients of Hepatitis C.
In Pakistan the diseases can be sharply reduced by takingsimple steps such as stopping the reuse of syringe, which is the primary cause ofhigh HCV in the country. Health experts also raise concern that in all othercountries blood banks are regulated by governments but in Pakistan they arenot.
Similarly poor wastage management, no proper sewerage andlack of clean drinking water also increases the risk of Hepatitis. And when Hepatitispatient visit hospital they are find inadequate treatment which delays theirrecovery, increase the chance of spreading the disease and results in higherfatality.