Contaminated water behind rise in hepatitis cases: Iqbal Memon

KARACHI: Senior health expert has stressed the need of proper vaccination to save children from Hepatitis A, saying this disease is rising sharply due to the use of contaminated water.

President Pakistan Paediatric Association Prof Dr Iqbal Memon said it is matter of worry that now hepatitis cases are also found in children.

The hepatitis A is the viral disease of liver which leads around 1.4 million people towards low and high risk diseases every year in worldwide. The hepatitis A virus enters mainly in the body of man through unhygienic food and contaminated water.

Prof Memon said the cases of hepatitis A increase in every summer especially in monsoon season, as consumption of water increase in hot weather. He said use contaminated water and substandard soft drinks are main causes of hepatitis A among the children. Sadly, most people are not keen to vaccinate their children, which further complicate the issue.

Prof Iqbal said diagnostic process of hepatitis A is very expensive in the country and so only way to save children to give them clean and boiled drinking water and timely vaccination also key to prevent them from this disease. He said proper chlorination of water is essential to save society from hepatitis A and other diseases.

He advised the people to drink boiled water and avoid drinking substandard soft drinks in summer especially in monsoon season.