Rs2 billion being spent annually to control hepatitis disease: CM Sindh

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By Shakil Paracha

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that an amount of two billion rupees was being spent annually to control hepatitis disease in the province.

He said this while talking to Dr Nancy Ascher, Dr Norah Terraut and Bial Hameed MD University of California who called on him in Karachi yesterday. Dr Nancy on the occasion expressed her interest to work with the Sindh government in the field of liver transplantation.

Earlier this year, researchers discovered that some 300 million people worldwide are living with the deadly hepatitis B virus (HBV), but only one in 20 received adequate treatment. If left untreated, HBV can cause serious diseases of the liver, including cancer.

An estimated 600,000 people die every year from hepatitis-B related liver diseases, making HBV a bigger killer than malaria.

Last year in April, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan in a statement said Hepatitis C medicine of 19 pharmaceutical companies were registered and the drugs were cheaply available in the market.

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