71 Pak prisoners test positive for Hepatitis

Islamabad, Dec 17 (UNI) Seventy-one prisoners were diagnosed with Hepatitis B and C during a screening camp at a district jail in Pakistan, media reported.

The screening camp was held at Karachi’s Malir jail. All infected were also drug addicts. A total of 3,396 prisoners were inoculated against hepatitis B at the 10-day camp that concluded on Thursday.

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About 5,189 prisoners jailed across the nation were suffering from HIV/Aids and hepatitis C, the government said last year while presenting a report before the Islamabad High Court.
According to experts, there are between 12 and 15 million people infected with either hepatitis B or C in Pakistan, while at least 150,000 new cases are reported every day, Dawn reported.

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