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Viral Hepatitis remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide and a huge gap persists in Pakistan, regarding the lack of awareness about this disease.
VFAHT UOL organized a webinar on Hepatitis Awareness on World Hepatitis Day, celebrated on July 28 every year. This webinar was part of the National Hepatitis Campaign.
Renowned speakers were invited to give talks and we’re extremely grateful for the knowledge and information they shared about Hepatitis.
It was able to reach thousands of people, both from the medical community and the general public and we hope that more people will be sensitized to this health issue and will be directed to take the right steps.
M Sameer Shafi
FASN (Chairman, IPAC Foundation, Chief Medical Officer, Kidney Care Center, Chicago, IL USA)
Prof Dr. Atif Masood
MBBS (KEMU) FCPS (Medicine )
(MO, Internal Medicine at Mayo Hospital, Senior Registrar At Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Associate Professor at UCMD UOL)
Prof. Dr. Mulazim Hussain Bukhari
(Head of Pathology, Director Postgraduate Medical Education, Azra Naheed Medical College Superior University Lahore)
VCAN and We Will
The event was part of the World Tuberculosis Day campaign, VFAHT AIMC conducted an awareness session at the Outpatient Department, Jinnah Hospital. The team was divided into subgroups and they went to the different departments of the hospital. They communicated to patients and visitors there. They inquired about the basic knowledge about tuberculosis. The purpose was to make them aware of preventable diseases like tuberculosis. They explained the signs and symptoms and preventive measures through chart papers and drawing.
They informed them about the special care for TB patients. They also emphasized that a caretake should adopt preventative measures when a TB patient is around. It was a successful and interactive session. The team distributed the Urdu pamphlets to the visitors.
Awareness Session on Tuberculosis
On 30th March 2019, a team of 15 members from VFAHT Local Council Shifa TMU conducted a Tuberculosis Awareness Activity at ‘Apna Shelter Home and Learning Centre’ from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The objective was to provide awareness to the audience in a simple language. Make them aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and highlight the importance of prevention. Tuberculosis is a preventable disease.
The pre-evaluation forms were filled by 22 members at the shelter and their caretaker to assess the existing knowledge of the audience. Dr. Hira Imtiaz (guest speaker) explained the basics of TB (signs, symptoms, precautions) and she was followed by Mahroze Aitzaz and Bisma Shoaib (members of VCAN department) who gave an interactive presentation on the transmission and prevention of TB with the help of hand-made posters.
TB Awareness Mega Quiz and Live Poster Competition
VFAHT-FMH local council organized an intra-colligate event in reference to World Tuberculosis Day. The event was divided into two sections: lectures and interactive activities for the audience. The volunteers from the Fatima Jinnah University participated as a team in Public Health Quiz and Live Poster Competition. The honorable professors and faculty were also present at the event.
Components of the event:
- Public Health Quiz
- Live Poster Competition
- Prize distribution
Prof. Dr. Nauman Tariff
Faculty Staff President, Head of Department, Nephrology, FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry
Prof. Dr. Alia Batool
Associate Professor Pathology, FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry
Prof. Dr. Rakshanda Rehman
Dean, FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry
Isolation Precaution Training Workshop
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s most devastating infectious diseases. March 24th marks the day in 1882 when German microbiologist Robert Koch announced he had discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes this ancient menace.
In recognition of World TB Day, Volunteer Force Against Hepatitis Transmission (VFAHT) reassert their commitment to improving our understanding of TB, how to combat this evil, and put a check on its spread.
VFAHT- Fatima Jinnah Medical University in collaboration with the Department of Pulmonology SGH conducted an Isolation Precautions Workshop in which training was provided to medical doctors and nursing staff members with all basic tools of isolation precautions.
The workshop included Lectures, hands-on training sessions followed by an awareness walk for the “END Tuberculosis (TB) BY 2035” WHO Campaign. The walk was led by the honorable Vice-Chancellor of Fatima Jinnah Medical University.
United to End Tuberculosis Workshop and Awareness Walk
In relation to World Tuberculosis day, TB-Division at VFAHT AIMC-LC conducted an awareness session. The session had three phases:
Phase 1: An workshop was conducted by Prof. Dr. Ashraf (Professor of Pulmonology) at Jinnah Hospital, Lahore.
Phase 2: Volunteers then went to the pulmonology wards, and communicated with the patients and their attendants, and gave the necessary information to the patients.
Phase 3: A walk, comprising of the volunteers as well as the Pulmonology Department, and the MS, Jinnah Hospital, was later organized to show solidarity with the victims of the disease, and to promote awareness as well as and destigmatization of Tuberculosis.
Congratulations to the project lead Asma Mahmood, and the TB Division, for the success of the project.
Hepatitis Screening Camp
The purpose of this activity was to screen the registered patients for Hepatitis B and C along with running an awareness campaign for this disease. The VFAHT STMU team reached the Sunbeams school in Shah Allah Ditta, Islamabad at 8 am on 26th January, Sunday. Firstly, all the participants were registered on the registration counter and were issued a Medical record number. Additionally, data were recorded for each patient, including the patient’s name, age, gender, educational status, and any comorbid conditions. Then the patients were screened for Hepatitis B and C.
A total of 147 patients were screened.
After the screening was completed the patients were taken to a separate room where they were asked to fill the pre-evaluation forms and
then an awareness campaign was conducted. The team explained the causes of Hepatitis transmission and highlighted ways of preventing it. The participants were communicated in the local language to make sure they understood everything. After that, they were asked to fill out the post awareness forms to analyze the impact of the awareness campaign.
Out of 147 patients, one patient screened positive for Hepatitis C. Further information was taken from that patient and was then referred to Shifa International Hospital for a
qualitative PCR test where follow-up treatment of the patient would be aided by the Shifa Falahi Foundation. In this activity, we recorded data of 147 patients and we aim to not only screen more people but use this data for research purposes. We closed the camp at 3:30 pm. The locals were very pleased and thanked the team for arranging the camp.
VFAHT Introductory Session
The VFAHT Introductory Session was arranged to introduce the freshman batch at Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University with VFAHT. Students were officially enrolled as Volunteers and were made aware of the mission and objectives of VFAHT. Participants were also briefed about the various projects done by STMU- Local Council in the past and were encouraged to play a positive role in the fight against Infectious Diseases, particularly Hepatitis.
This meeting was chaired by the President, Qazi Bilal; Vice President, Sheryar Khan, and the General Secretary, Mehmood Abbas. The secretaries also attended this meeting.
Orientation Seminar of VFAHT
VFAHT Aga Khan University Council organized an Orientation Session to recruit new volunteers to the Local Council. The Executive body introduced themselves to newly admitted students. President AKU-LC presented the Mission and objectives of VFAHT while the Vice President and General Secretaries explained the Structure of the Local Council.
A fun based interactive quiz was also conducted to motivate students.
All Project Directors and project secretaries explained the working domain and the list of activities to the audience.
Overall, very enthusiastic response was seen by the participants.