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Pricking IV infusion bottle is a chronic habit with HCPs which needs to change-Dr. M. Farooq Mamji.

Pricking of infusion bottle is still very common practice in our healthcare facilities. It is chronic habit which will take time to change and it needs change of thoughts of healthcare providers. Healthcare professionals including nurses and paramedics needs to be constantly reminded to follow standard operating procedures to avoid complications. This was stated by Dr. Mohammad Farooq Mamji Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Dow University of Health Sciences and Civil Hospital Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis spread, at a meeting held at Otsuka Head Office on October 27, 2016. Syed Tariq Shahid, Director Marketing and Sales, Dr. Talha Senior Medical Advisor, Mr. Arshad Khan, Deputy Marketing Manager, Mr. Moinuddin and some other senior executives from Otsuka were also present on this occasion.

Continuing Prof. Mamji further said that in interior Sindh the incidence of Hepatitis is very high, because the re-use of disposable syringes is very common practice there. Hepatitis is endemic in rural Sindh where glass syringes are still being used. Use of unnecessary colorful injections is also a very common practice by quacks which could be a major source of hepatitis spread and other viral diseases. Majority of people are not aware of the Hepatitis and its spread. It is our moral duty to educate the masses regarding control of these deadly diseases. 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.

Maximum efforts should be made to create awareness for nurses and it should be a continuous activity because especially in public sector hospitals different batches of students nurses come and go and have no knowledge about it, their education level is also low as compared to Private hospitals. Principal of nursing schools should also be involved in this campaign, he added.

Otsuka Pakistan, he said, is playing its role by providing prick free I.V preparations which must be saving lot of precious lives. They maintain quality and have thus earned confidence of healthcare providers. He appreciated the Hepatitis awareness campaign being run by Otsuka Pakistan which has played a vital role to educate the people as well as healthcare professionals to control these diseases.

Earlier Mr. Arshad Khan, Deputy Marketing Manager of Otsuka Pakistan highlighted the activities of Otsuka Pakistan to create awareness about Hepatitis spread using electronic and print media among the public and healthcare professionals. It is our mission to provide quality health care products and for that purpose Otsuka Pakistan manufacturing plant has been upgraded with latest state of the art facilities. Otsuka has also made available fluids which do not require mixing but these products will reach to patients only if they are prescribed by generic name, he added. Every month sixteen lucky winners are selected through lucky draw from hundreds of entries received. Dr. Gohar Rathore from M.M.C.H, Mir Pur Khas was the lucky winner for the month of October 2016 draw while a number of consolation prizes will also be presented to others.

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Date:Nov 15, 2016
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