KARACHI  - Hepatitis is a very harmful and injurious disease and the present government at provincial level has initiated Hepatitis Prevention and Control Programme (Chief Minister’s initiative) in Health Department Sindh in 2009.However, there is a lot needed to improve the performance and achieve the required goals. This was observed by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, while presiding over a meeting at CM House here on Wednesday afternoon.        He said that he had been visiting various hospitals in the province, where many patients had complained of medicines shortage while some of them complained of prescriptions of suggested medicines to be purchased from market.The chief minister said that the huge amount for purchase of medicines for treatment of the poor and needy patients of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C had been allocated, but there was still need to further improve the performance. He added that any further allocation of funds depended on better results and performance with submission of report by the Secretary Health Sindh within one week. Qaim also directed to ensure availablity of medicines at all hospitals and centers.  He also stressed that a permanent mechanism be evolved and monitoring committees be formed with public representatives.  Earlier, Programme Manager, Hepatitis Prevention and Control Programme (CM initiative) Sindh, Dr. Ayaz Ali Memon, said that as per survey reports conducted by PMRC, the ratio of Hepatitis was high in Sindh Hepatitis-B 2.5 per cent and Hepatitis-C 5 per cent while CM took bold a step of launching the programme at the cost of Rs2.7 billion initially for three years (2008-2011). The programme was officially launched in January 2009 which was further extended for further three years (2011-2014) with the cost of Rs. 3,315 million. Regarding achievements, he informed that 1446 camps were organized from January 2009 to June 2012 and 381,550 persons were screened, while 126 camps were organised from July 2012 to till date where 16,513 persons were screened. The meeting was informed that two molecular labs for PCR have been established at Civil Hospital Mirpurkhas and CMC Hospital Larkana, and 53  sentinel sites and 15 vaccination centers have also been established, besides five cold chains for storage of medicines and vaccines, three at Hyderabad and one each at Mirpurkhas and Khairpur, he added. During the period from July 2012 to till date, one molecular lab for PCR at Sukkur, 11 vaccination centres, have been established. The meeting was attended by Sindh Minister for Information, Sharjeel Enam Memon, Principal Secretary to CM, Muhammad Siddique Memon, Secretary Health, Aftab Ahmed Khatri, officers of P&D and Finance Department.