Islamabad, 26 February, 2013Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) organized a seminar on ‘Prevention and Awareness of Hepatitis’ at a local school in Karachi as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. PTCL is organizing a nation-wide drive to create awareness about Hepatitis and its preventive measures.

Dr. Tariq Saeed of PTCL Medical Services while giving information to students said, “Hepatitis is growing at an ever alarming rate now, with women and children at an increasing risk”.

“More than 12 million Pakistanis are infected with hepatitis due to frequent use of therapeutic injections, re-use of syringes, inappropriate sterilization practices and poor hospital waste management,” Dr Tariq said.

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“At the community and individual level, certain behavioral practices increase the risk of these infections substantially and it is the responsibility of every single one of us to confront this disease”, Dr. Tariq added.

Syed Mazhar Hussain, PTCL Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) HR commented, “PTCL believes in empowering the youth of the country and the current drive is a continuation of this vision. The company believes in conducting its business in a manner where it is positively contributing towards the growth and development of the society.”

It is worth mentioning here that the PTCL is one of few companies in Pakistan which has dedicated medical centers catering to the health needs of its employees and their families nationwide.

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