On 26 September, 2018 Jinnah University for women microbiology society organized a seminar on TREATMENT OF HEPATITIS C WITH NATURAL MEDICINES in collaboration with Hamdard University and American society of microbiology.
The goal of this seminar was to increase awareness about Hepatitis C and how it can be treated. Chairman of Department of Allied Sciences and Medicines from Faculty of Eastern Medicines Dr. Asif Iqbal conducted the seminar. Chairperson of Jinnah University for women Microbiology department, Colleagues of Dr. Asif Iqbal, senior faculty members and large number of students were participated in the seminar.
Dr. Asif Iqbal said that Hepatitis C is the silent killer and it is the global problem, because hepatitis C is the inflammation of liver so we have to understand functions that liver perform, ATP’s production, how to maintain temperature of the body, emulsification of fat and control of fat metabolism.
Further he said that the initial symptoms of Hepatitis C are acidity, chest pain fatigue and patient spending whole day lying on the bed. He also briefed participants about the epidemiology of hepatitis C in Pakistan, Africa and many other countries. He said that according to estimation, around 170 million individuals are affected, with the maximum infection rates in Africa as well as Asia.
He said the treatment of hepatitis C with interferon also effects patient’s health, side effects with interferon treatment are fatigue, rigor, insomnia etc. and death cases are becoming very high due to treatment with interferon.
He added that plants are used in treatment of hepatitis C that are amlla, gulab etc. He said various plant species are being tested in opposition to hepatitis C virus (HCV) to discover a probable treatment for it and, expectantly, in the future these medicinal plants can serve by way of a significant source for rising anti-HCV drugs.
He said that our body is like a pharmaceutical industry, it maintains temperature, produce interferons and perform defense mechanisms. He further said there are 4 energies in human body and they are mechanical energy, chemical energy, electrical energy (e.g. Brain) and atomic energy (e.g. Heart), combination of these energies can be maintained by diet.
Later on vote of thanks was presented to Doctor Asif Iqbal by the member of JUW Microbiology society Miss Rabia Farooq and then Dr. Asif Iqbal was awarded with the shield for conducting the seminar by Chairperson of JUW Microbiology department Miss Naheed afshan, Professor Dr. Aijaz Rasool and the president of Microbiology society Miss Mahnoor Khan.
After the seminar the team of Dr. Asif Iqbal organized a screening camp for Hepatitis C detection which was allowed for all students and faculty members.