The Punjab AIDS Control Programme (PACP) is providing free hepatitis B and C screening, testing and hepatitis B vaccination to staff and school children of all Daanish Schools of Punjab; the ongoing campaign will be complete by the end of March, said Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Additional Secretary (admin) Dr Adnan Zafar here on Friday.
“On a request from Daanish School authority, we started a comprehensive hepatitis B and C screening, testing and hepatitis B vaccination campaign for all staff and student of Daanish Schools from the second week of February,” said PACP Programme Director Dr Adnan Zafar, while chairing the progress review meeting of the ongoing campaign for all Daanish Schools.
Dr Adnan Zafar further added, “More than 8,000 children and around 2,300 staff members are being provided with the services. The campaign is going as per plan, and the ongoing campaign will be complete by the end of the current month. The campaign is being conducted in Fazilpur (Rajanpur), Dera Ghazi Khan, Hasilpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Mianwali, Chishtian and Attock.”
The PACP is also providing free hepatitis B vaccination, as well as hepatitis C treatment, to major high-risk groups—like truck and bus drivers, transgenders as well as vulnerable and marginalised groups. The programme provides free treatment and counselling services to all HIV/AIDS patients across Punjab, and provides hepatitis B vaccination and treatment to HIV/AIDS patients.