RATODERO: The focal person for Hepatitis Control Programme, Sindh, in Larkana has demanded increase in budget for conducting PCR investigation of poor patients.
In a letter to the Provincial Programme Manager, HP&CP Chief Ministers Initiative, Hyderabad, the focal person has said that the budget allocation for PCR investigation combined for new and end treatment of Hepatitis B, C & D for Larkana district is Rs:150,000-00 and Rs:50,000 only for Ratodero taluka which is too small.
At present, a total number of patients of all three Hepatitis categories is 590 who need end treatment and genotype PCR reports and average monthly number of which is 65 reports, the letter said and added that due to awareness among the masses more cases are registered for investigation in Larkana in comparison to other districts.
The focal person further said that about 400 cases are being monthly registered at this sentinel site established in Chandka Medical College Hospital in Larkana as Consultant facilities are also available here but due to limited budget allocation each month, we are only able to perform 200 cases monthly along with Ratodero taluka, hence, many cases are lying in pending or left over and this back log is in hundreds which keep on increasing every month.
The focal person has urged the authorities concerned to double the budget allocation for Larkana district in the interest of patients and the poor general public. PPI.