Pakistani liver patients get hope from China

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KARACHI: As compared to rest of the world having exemplary preventive measures to protect newborns’ health, Pakistan lacks a comprehensive national-level planning to protect newborns from hepatitis.

China has controlled the menace of hepatitis in the same way and a CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) type long term planning will be devised regarding health especially liver diseases, said Prof. Zong Ping duan, head of Chinese delegation along Dr. Hamid Saeed at 10th annual conference of Pakistan Society for The Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD).

Prof Ping, who is also the head of Chinese Society of Hepatology, is heading the Chinese delegation participating in the conference.

Speaking to the news conference regarding the international event, Chinese expert was of the view that Pakistan and China would adopt all-out measures to control hepatitis. It was also informed that cooperation in bilateral health sector will be expanded and its indicator was recently held Pak-China Health Conference.

PSSLD president Dr. Hamid said that every 12th person was a hepatitis patient as per World Health Organization assumption, which was a dangerous sign. “We are striving to control this fatal disease with the cooperation of expert doctors from China. We are fortunate enough to have Prof. Ping, along with a panel of leading Chinese consultants, in this conference.”

Prof. Ping, who is also president of Society for Hepatology of China Medical Association and members of prestigious medical organizations in China, is recipient of many distinguished awards and honers to his credits including Beijing Science and Technology Award, Chinese Medical Technology Award and Honorary Award from State Council of Republic of China.

Dr. Hamid said some estimates revealed the horrific fact that proportion of hepatitis infected people was touching the level of 30 percent in Pakistan. “The state-level efforts to control this menace are not sufficient as compared to its level of danger,” he further said. “PSSLD conference is an effort towards controlling this epidemic and now we have extended our hands toward Chinese expert in this regard.”

PSSLD chief revealed that so far 400 plus liver transplant operations had been carried out in Pakistan hinting out how talented Pakistani experts were in combating the liver diseases. “Seeking Chinese cooperation aims at paving way towards submitting recommendations to both of the governments following sharing of ideas and mutual measures to control this disease in first phase and then to root out in the later stages,” he concluded.

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