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Education of Paramedics and Nurses is important to control infections - Dr. Farha Idris Rehmani.

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Healthcare professionals including nurses and paramedics needs to be constantly reminded to uphold professional ethics and follow the standard operating procedures. Safety of the patients should be our toppriority and we should try to do our best to come up to the patients expectations. Education of paramedics including nurses and General practitioners working in peripheral areas is very important to control infections. This was stated Dr. Farha Idris Rehmani, Assistant Professor of Surgeryat Civil Hospital Karachi. She was performing the Otsuka Lucky drawin connection with their campaign against Hepatitis spread, held at Otsuka Head Office on December 23, 2015.

Continuing Dr. Farha said that nurses and paramedics in particular need to be reminded again and again about the safe practices regarding the use of Intravenous Infusions so that it becomes a routine practice. In Pakistan pricking of IV bottles is one of the major causative factors for the spread of Hepatitis which has now become an epidemic. It is important that we should approach nursing schools, paramedics, technicians and OT staff to make them awareof the consequences ofpricking of IVpreparations. Responsibility at everylevel has to be ensured and instead of short term measures we should go for longterm achievements. Fluid and Electrolytes, she stated isa videand different field which needsspecial care to develop its complete and clear understanding among medical professionals.

Dr. Farha Idris commended the efforts of Otsuka Pakistan in creating awareness about Hepatitis through educational campaign for the healthcare professionals i.e. doctors, nursing staff and paramedics. However, she was of the view that that there is dire need to create awareness among healthcare providers on regular basis which will go a long way in accomplishing objective of controlling spread of Hepatitis and other viral infections.

Earlier Mr. Moeenuddin Ansari, Product Manager from Otsuka Pakistan gave a briefing about the Savior's Club and its activities so far. He highlighted the various programmes which Otsuka has been conducting since thirteen years in this campaign. Apart from providing informative literature we have also provided syringe cutters to healthcare professionals and in the wards so that needles are properly disposed off after use eliminating their reuse which is a potent source of infection. We hold this lucky draw every month for the last thirteen years to motivate the healthcare professionals by offering them various consolation prizes whotake part in our campaign by filling a simple questioner. All entries received from all over Pakistan are included in the lucky draw which is conducted by an eminent medical personality, he added. Dr. Usman Shaikh from Khairpur was the lucky winner for the month of December 2015 draw.

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Publication:Pulse International
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Date:Jan 15, 2016
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