Pakistan has about 12 million people suffering from hepatitis B or C. Hepatitis C infection is treated with antiviral drugs planned to clear the infection from your body. The objective of treatment is to have no hepatitis C infection distinguished in your body something like 12 weeks after you complete treatment.
Considering that Pakistan has one of the highest burden of disease with regard to Hepatitis B and C in the EMRO region comprising 22 countries, there was a need to have in place a consensus National Strategic framework to control the spread of the disease. It is with this objective that our Ministry in partnership with the provinces launched Pakistan National Hepatitis Strategy Framework to eliminate the disease by the year 2030.
We understand that the first step is to enhance hepatitis B vaccination in all ages including the birth dose. Secondly to ensure safe blood transfusion and the third is to ensure strict adherence to infection control practices in the health care facilities.
Hepatitis C Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
It’s curable. But curing it hasn’t always been easy or comfortable. For decades, you needed painful shots of a medicine called interferon and a pill called ribavirin. These drugs didn’t target the virus that made you sick. Instead, they amped up your immune system so you’d fight it the way you do when you get the flu. Technical Advisory Group Pakistan also developed new hepatitis C treatment guidelines, which have been handed over to the provinces for use.