World health Organization has expressed the confidence that hepatitis will be eradicated from Pakistan by 2030.

This was shared by WHO representative in Pakistan Dr. Muhammad Assai Ardakani while speaking in a program of Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel tonight.

He said that elimination of hepatitis needs national commitment and it depends on the capacity of the health system and other relevant sectors. He said by taking precautionary measures the deaths due to hepatitis can be reduced.

Dr. Muhammad Assai Ardakani said that world hepatitis day will be commemorated on Friday across the globe. He said that most of the world countries are committed to the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030. He said there is a call for elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030 that means that the number of the new cases should be reduced by 90 percent by 2030. He said the target is to reduce the deaths due to hepatitis by 65 percent.

Taking part in the programme, Executive Director Pakistan Health Research Council, Dr. Huma Qureshi said that in Pakistan about 11 million people are suffering from hepatitis C and 5 million from hepatitis B.  She said keeping in view the gravity of the situation stern measures should be taken for the eradication of hepatitis from the country.

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