SARGODHA: At least 10 per cent population of Sargodha district is suffering from hepatitis and all departments concerned should join hands with the Health Department for creating awareness among masses in this regard.
Deputy Commissioner Salwat Saeed said this while chairing a special session, conducted under the Punjab Hepatitis Control Programme, here on Sunday.
She directed all assistant commissioners concerned to adopt an appropriate mechanism for creating awareness among masses through ‘Numberdars’ in villages.
She also urged Ulema to use their influence for educating people about the fatal disease. She said that medicines and vaccines for all types of hepatitis were available in the district hospitals.
The DC said the government was planning to make possible HIV tests before marriages and a law was also being prepared in this regard.
The provincial government had also given approval for purchase of Rs 3.1 million PCR machines for diagnostic process of hepatitis disease at District Teaching Hospital, she said.