Shortage of PRC kits halts hepatitis screening

Larkana: The PCR kits have been out of stock for last four months at the hepatitis sentinel site here established in Chandka Medical College Hospital due to which no new tests are being carried out for hepatitis.

The PCR test is essential for any patient before he is given free treatment under Chief Minister’s Initiative of Hepatitis Preventive & Control Program.

Sources at the site told PPI that blood samples are being collected from the patients but due to non-availability of kits no tests can be made. They said that kits have not been supplied since the start of this financial year due to unknown reasons and their stock has also been consumed and since January 2015 there is not a single kit available.

These kits are supplied by the Provincial Programme Manager, Hepatitis Program, Hyderabad, as they had installed PCR machine here also for the benefit of poor patients of Larkana division.

PCR tests are carried out here of all the Hepatitis positive patients belonging to entire five districts of Larkana division including Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Kandhkot @ Kashmore, Kambar-Shahdadkot, Larkana, Dadu & even Naushehro Feroze. Days have been fixed for each district patients for submitting their blood samples to asses sthe condition of their liver.

Over700 tests are monthly performed at this site belonging to these areas after which the affected patients are advised free treatment by the Consultant hence no treatment has been given to the needy patients since last four months because of this vital test which is astonishing and has exposed the tall claims of the Sindh government for giving top priority to education & health sectors.

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