Medicos confirm Hepatitis-C outbreak in south Kashmir areas

6 Cases Detected In Magam Sonabarie

KHALID GUL

Islamabad, Jan 14: Doctors Monday confirmed the outbreak of Hepatitis-C in Magam Sonabarie area of Kokernag in this south Kashmir district. The medicos blamed chemists and diagnostics centers “operating in unhygienic conditions” for spread of infection.
 Reports said at least six cases of Hepatitis-C have been detected so far in Magam Sonabarie village and the medical team has been deputed to the area to prevent it from spreading further. “We have already taken more than 100 samples from the area and today we went for mass screening of the village for serum diagnostic  test,” said Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Anantnag (Islamabad) Dr Gulzar Ahmad.
 He said the medical team from SKIMS has been deputed to the area and precautionary measures are being taken to prevent the infection from spreading. “The infection is blood-borne and can spread through infected needles and unsafe blood transfusion. So the medical team is conducting awareness program to prevent the spread of infection,” the CMO said.
 He said that situation was “under control” and the villagers don’t need to panic.
 The CMO, however, dispelled the rumors that the infection has claimed a life. “A person who died in the area had chronic liver infection and not Hepatitic C,” he said.
 The doctors here blamed the chemists and private diagnostic centers operating in unhygienic conditions for spread infections in the area.
 “Most of the chemists, dental clinics and diagnostics centers in the area are violating the norms and operate in unhygienic conditions using unsterilized surgical instruments,” said  a medico working in the area.
 He said the chemists in Hangalgund, Zalangam, Larinoo and other villages even re-use syringes thus making the people vulnerable to various infections. 
 Last year about 15 cases of Hepatitis B were detected in Kokernag area and it had claimed six lives. The residents and experts then blamed chemists and private laboratory clinics for the infection.
 Meanwhile, Assistant Drug Controller, Islamabad Muhamad Iqbal Palla along with his team and Drug Inspector Gowhar Mushtaq, CMO Islamabad and BMO Kokernag after inspection have initiated action against chemists, medical laboratories and dental clinics for violating the norms and operating in unhygienic conditions.
 “We had temporarily suspended the license of six medical shops for violating the norms in Magam and Sonabarie villages. Today we sealed four dental clinics operating in unhygienic conditions in Sagam and Hangalgund villages,” said Palla.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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