Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has launched the Program for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis in the province

Peshawar: The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa remains committed for social uplift of the masses. In accordance with the government policy, the Department of Health is striving hard to carry its communicable disease prevention and control services to the people’s doorstep in order to actualize the dream of health for all.

In order to provide relief to the population suffering from deadly forms of viral hepatitis, the Chief Minister of Pakhtunkhwa, Amir Haider Khan Hoti has launched the Program for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis in the province at a total cost of Rs. 920 million. The program of high priority, aims at prevention and control of both water/food borne (A and E) and blood borne (B,C and D) forms of viral hepatitis.

Since its launch, the program has selected 29 teaching/DHQ hospitals across the province as the viral hepatitis sentinel sites in continuation and consultation with the National Program’s for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis initiative started from 2005.

The selected hospitals have been equipped with requisite laboratory equipments, consumables, kits and reagents, drugs, hepatitis B vaccine and biological (Interferon) to extend the facilities of diagnosis and treatment to the deserving affected population free of cost.

Moreover, the DG Health, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has requested in a letter to all the MNAs, MPAs, Commissioners and DCOs to make sure that eligible for treatment patients of Viral Hepatitis and properly being attended in Public Sector Hospitals with free diagnostic and treatment facilities to all population of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The letter further added that the task of hepatitis prevention and control is gigantic and merits commitment on part of all concerned and stressed for guidance and support in operationalising the already established sentinel sites as well as the leadership of public representatives for the program’s advocacy and awareness campaign in their respective constituencies.

For more information, contact:
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Tel: 091 921 1789

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