'Two-thirds of injections in India unsafe’

With an aim to protect patients from infections caused by use of unsafe injections, Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) launched Safe Injection Environment programme in the city on Sunday, where they talked about the importance of safe injection practices.

As per Indian Academy of Paediatrics, two-thirds of injections being used in India are unsafe, posing health hazards for the people. The reuse of injections and syringes by doctors and medical staff is the major reason in spreading Hepatitis B and C cases all over the world.

According to the World Health Organisation, up to 40 per cent of injections worldwide are given with syringes and needles reused without sterilization and in some countries this proportion is as high as 70 per cent.

"As per data available, in India around about 300 crore syringes are sold in a year, but about 600 crore injections are used. The additional 300 crore injections are the ones which are reused and are unsafe," Dr Rajiv Arya, president, IAP said.

Dr Arya said, "Wrong practices need to be corrected through regular sensitisation and training about the best practices for safe injections. Millions of Indians are at the risk of contracting blood-borne infections like Hepatitis B and C due to lack of infection safety. Likewise, healthcare practitioners are also vulnerable to needle stick injuries."

WHO has further estimated that 42 per cent of Hepatitis C and 33 per cent of Hepatitis B in the world is due to unsafe injection practices.

He added that injections should be disposed off properly, "poor collection and disposal of used injections expose healthcare workers and general public to the risks of diseases."

Talking about the solution to curb the practice of reuse of syringes, Dr Arya said, "Policies are being discussed to bring in 'reuse-prevention syringes' at the national level, in which a syringe gets automatically locked after one use," adding that such type of syringe has been in use in western countries for the past 10 or more years, but in India there is a resistance from doctors and government, as these syringes are 15 per cent costlier than the regular ones.

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