Health Min­istry ed­u­cates public about com­mu­ni­ca­ble Hepati­tis C

‘Bet­ter Test than Re­gret’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of Health (MOH) launched an ed­u­ca­tional cam­paign on com­mu­ni­ca­ble Hepati­tis C dur­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, high­light­ing the event, which is spon­sored by Ab­bVie Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and held in con­junc­tion with the Na­tional Com­mit­tee for fight­ing com­mu­ni­ca­ble Hepati­tis C. The press con­fer­ence was at­tended by the spon­sor­ing pa­trons and or­ga­niz­ers as well as a large num­ber of me­dia rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous me­dia sec­tors in Kuwait.

The cam­paign was aimed at ed­u­cat­ing the public about con­ta­gious and com­mu­ni­ca­ble Hepati­tis C and ways of treat­ing and pre­vent­ing it. It also aims at rec­ti­fy­ing public mis­con­cep­tions about the dis­ease and to con­firm that the med­i­ca­tion to fight the dis­ease is read­ily avail­able and the dis­ease can be treated pro­vided the ini­tia­tive to start the treat­ment ex­ists and visit to the gov­ern­ment’s health de­part­ments for test­ing is made.

Re­spon­si­bil­ity

Re­gard­ing the spon­sor­ship by Ab­bVie Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, Alaa To­son, Pres­i­dent of Ab­bVie said, “Our spon­sor­ship of the event rep­re­sents our com­mit­ment and re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety and public en­tail­ing our re­spon­si­bil­ity to take part in ed­u­cat­ing the public about the pre­ven­tion and cure.” He added, “We hope that this in­for­ma­tive cam­paign rep­re­sents the be­gin­ning of the erad­i­ca­tion of this con­ta­gious dis­ease in the State of Kuwait in line with WHO (World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion) ob­jec­tives, which aims to elim­i­nate this virus world­wide by the year 2030.”

To­son stressed the ne­ces­sity of com­mu­ni­cat­ing facts about the dis­ease to the Kuwaiti com­mu­nity in or­der to cre­ate aware­ness and to rec­tify mis­con­cep­tions about the dis­ease, bring­ing to light that the big­gest bar­rier be­tween the pa­tient and seek­ing the treat­ment lies in the fact that many pa­tients are not aware that they have the dis­ease. He said, “It was time we helped change the public out­look to­wards com­mu­ni­ca­ble Hepati­tis C be­cause di­ag­no­sis is now avail­able within min­utes due to the min­istry’s care to en­sure the most ad­vanced and state-of-the-art di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment tools avail­able to fight con­ta­gious dis­eases.

Im­por­tant step

To this ef­fect, Dr Ghalia Al-Mu­tairi, Pres­i­dent of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Com­mit­tee at MOH, said, “Ed­u­cat­ing the public about the dis­ease is deemed a fun­da­men­tal and im­por­tant step in pre­vent­ing com­mu­ni­ca­ble Hepati­tis C as there has so far been no vaccination avail­able for the virus. Also, pro­mot­ing aware­ness about the virus, its dan­gers and the ways it is com­mu­ni­cated is so im­por- tant to en­cour­age peo­ple to un­dergo the nec­es­sary tests and treat­ment un­til com­plete re­cov­ery.” He fur­ther added that, with re­gards to the di­ag­nos­tic as­pect of the dis­ease, it has now be­come eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and avail­able by sim­ple tools which only take a few min­utes to ob­tain highly ac­cu­rate re­sults, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to de­tect the dis­ease. This is an in­te­gral part of our ed­u­ca­tional cam­paign about com­mu­ni­ca­ble Hepati­tis C.

It is worth not­ing that the ‘Bet­ter Test than Re­gret’ cam­paign in­volves a num­ber of pro­mo­tional and ed­u­ca­tional func­tions which also in­clude health ex­hi­bi­tions cover­ing 15 ba­sic care cen­ters, ma­jor and main gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals, as well as ad­dic­tion re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion hos­pi­tals, pri­son hos­pi­tals, gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions and com­mer­cial com­plexes. Ed­u­ca­tional bul­letins and cir­cu­lars will also be dis­trib­uted. This is in ad­di­tion to giv­ing health guide­lines and in­for­ma­tion about pre­ven­tion and treat­ment by us­ing mod­ern health ed­u­ca­tional means. A film to ed­u­cate the public and to raise aware­ness about the dis­ease has been made and will be aired and shown on the Min­istry of Health’s YouTube chan­nel, TV and dis­plays at clin­ics and hos­pi­tals. Fur­ther­more, ed­u­ca­tional mes­sages about the dis­ease will be com­mu­ni­cated through the Min­istry’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

KUWAIT: Alaa To­son, Pres­i­dent of Ab­bVie Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals (cen­ter) speaks dur­ing a joint press con­fer­ence with the Min­istry of Health to launch an ed­u­ca­tional cam­paign on com­mu­ni­ca­ble Hepati­tis C yes­ter­day.

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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