Islamabad: Pakistan Islamic Medical Association has issued a report on Hepatitis on World Hepatitis Awareness Day. According to this report every 12th person in the world and every 10th person in Pakistan suffers from this disease. Non-availability of clean drinking water and re-usage of the used syringes for injection are among the main causes of spread. Large number of people dies of this disease in Pakistan due to lacking health facilities and expensive treatment. PIMA central president Dr. Misbah-ul-Aziz told in this regard that there are five main types of hepatitis including Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E though A, B and C are more important amongst these. In Pakistan most people suffer from Hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis A spreads mainly through infected drinking water source and non-observance of cleanliness. âWashing of hands before and after meals is not only a part of Islamic principles of hygiene, it is also a preventive measure against this diseaseâ he added. Hepatitis B and C mainly spread through re-usage of used syringes for injection and by blood donation by a carrier of Hepatitis virus. Drug addicts are an easy victim of the disease because of use of dirty syringes for injecting drug. Government needs to take appropriate measures for control of narcotics. A complete screening of the donorâs blood is also required before transfusion to control the spread of this disease. âHepatitis is estimated to be the third biggest disease in Pakistan which has affected over 15 million population of the country. Hepatitis positive mother can nurse her children, water should be boiled before drinking and always new un-used syringe should be used for injection for prevention of this diseasesâ he added.