Monday, June 27, 2011

Hepatitis B and C is not transmitted through mothers’ feeding.

Pakistan Medical Research Council Executive Director Huma Qureshi said, “Although the diseases Hepatitis B and C is lethal but it is a misconception that it transmits from an intercourse with the spouse or by feeding the child.”
She was of the view that hepatitis B could be minimized or eliminated from the country within 5 years if its vaccination was ensured at the time of birth. Earlier, while speaking at a seminar on Infection Control and its Prevention organised at JPMC, she said twelve million Pakistanis are suffering from hepatitis B and C in the country with prevalence rate of the disease at 2.5% in hepatitis B and 5% in hepatitis C.