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Pakistan medical association warns of potential rise in hepatitis

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:530
  1. Ashfaq Yusufzai
  1. Peshawar

    Doctors in Pakistan are increasingly concerned that the reuse of syringes and use of unscreened blood products could fuel a rise in cases of hepatitis.

    “Our rough estimate suggests that about 15.6% of the population are carriers of hepatitis. About three million, who visited public sector hospitals have hepatitis B or C. The number might be catastrophic if the entire population was screened,” said Dr Umar Ayub Khan, president of the Pakistan Medical Association.

    Last year, according to the association's data, the prevalence of hepatitis was just over 11%, but it is increasing at an alarming speed, said Dr Khan.

    “A study by [the World Health Organization] revealed that 30% of …

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