Report Warns Pakistan Has Bleak Future in Public Health
April 4, 2006
On Monday, the Pakistan Medical Association's 2006 annual report said hepatitis B and C are "a time bomb waiting to explode unless the government takes drastic measures to control it." Almost 10 percent of the nation's 155 million people are infected with hepatitis, the report said, and life expectancy has declined from 63 to 60 years. The inadequate health care infrastructure facilitates the operation of medical quacks, who offer fraudulent cures for hepatitis B and C, cancer, and kidney disease. A law to discourage quacks has been drafted by the government but not brought up before the Legislature.
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