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Sindh faces hepatitis B drugs shortage

KARACHI:The medicines used to treat hepatitis B are not available at Hepatitis Centers run by Director General (DG) Health Sindh since a month.

Scores of newly screened hepatitis B patients have been kept on waiting all over the Sindh province by consultants due to shortage of medicines in the Hepatitis Centers.

The newly registered patients at Hepatitis Centers, including Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and other government hospitals, are not being provided medicines used to treat hepatitis B since one month after end to stock, causing great hardships to the patients.

The Hepatitis Centre at Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi is registering 25 to 35 new hepatitis B patients on daily basis, but they have been put on hold due to shortage of medicines used to treat hepatitis B.

The shortage of drugs has badly affected the program performance as treatment of hepatitis patients is very costly and a big number of patients does not afford treatment cost of this viral disease. The shortage of medicines has put lives of score of patients suffering from hepatitis C at risk. Media Coordinator, Hepatitis Prevention and Control Program, Sindh, Khurram Khan, was not available for comments.