LAHORE - Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq chaired first meeting of the committee constituted for submitting proposals to prevent, control and manage hepatitis cases in Punjab at Civil Secretariat on Friday.

This committee will prepare a joint action plan and SOPs for hepatitis B & C on the pattern of dengue control programme. Secretary Health Jawad Rafiq Malik, Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Secretary Environment Department Iqbal Chohan, Secretary Social Welfare Haroon Rafiq, Additional Secretary Schools Education Khursheed Ali Zaidi, Additional Secretary Auqaf Shafique Ahmad, Additional Secretary Technical Salman Shahid, Director Social Welfare Muhammad Salman, Punjab AIDS Control Programme’s Dr Tayyaba Rashid, Senior Manager Lahore Waste Management Company Wasif Azhar, President Pakistan Academy of Family Physician Dr Tariq Mian, Professor of Medicine Dr Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyub, Deputy Secretary Local Government Khalid Fareed, Director Institute of Blood Transfusion Dr Zafar Iqbal and Secretary Blood Transfusion Authority Dr Jaffar Saleem attended the meeting. Prof Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab gave a briefing on the situation of hepatitis B and C in Punjab and its percentage in the patients of other diseases and also in different segments of the society.

Kh Salman Rafiq directed departments to constitute a subcommittee consisting of nominated focal persons from all departments for hepatitis control. This committee will evolve terms of references (TORs) and action plan for prevention and control of hepatitis B and C and recommendations for public awareness, hospital waste management, case management of hepatitis patients and other related matters.

The adviser said that hepatitis control action plan would be implemented on the pattern of dengue control programme. He said that general practitioners and family physicians associations have been taken on board so that a joint strategy could be prepared for the prevention and management of the disease. Hepatitis is a fast growing problem which should be controlled at any cost, he added.