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Rs 754 million to be spent on fighting hepatitis this year: Salman

02 January, 2014

LAHORE: The Punjab government is implementing a three-year scheme for prevention and control of hepatitis, with an estimated cost of Rs 2.447 billion.

During the current fiscal year, an amount of Rs 754 million has been allocated for this programme.

These views were expressed by Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique during a meeting of Provincial Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Hepatitis, held at the Institute of Public Health (IPH) on Wednesday.

The committee reviewed the progress regarding implementation of hepatitis control programme.

The programme components include immunisation of high-risk groups, improved infection-control practices, putting in place efficient system for hospital waste management, arranging diagnostic and treatment services for the poor patients, launching an awareness campaign and screening of school children.

He said the funds would be utilised to provide treatment and diagnostic services to 40,000 poor patients.

Health Special Secretary Babar Hayat Tarar said that the department would leave no stone unturned to ensure transparency and efficient service delivery.

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