Villages on the coast of Pakistan are facing an “alarming” incidence of hepatitis, with nearly 20 percent of that population having either the hepatitis B or C virus (HBV, HCV), according to the nation’s health officials in a report.

The statistic emerged in just one day at a free hepatitis control vaccination camp held in Pakistan’s Thatta district. At the testing center, 250 people were vaccinated for hepatitis and 50 more were found to have either hepatitis B or C.

The testing day was organized by the Hamadam Foundation, which runs Pakistan’s Hepatitis Control Program (as well as a reforestation project). Cities participating in the testing day included Keti Bandar, Khharo Chhan, Garho, Baghan and other small coastal villages in the region.

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