Egypt’s Health Minister Dr. Ahmed Emad Eldin Rady said that Egypt took the lead in curing Hepatitis C. Egypt, from first country with the highest rates of hepatitis C in the world, to the lead country to cure it.
Where worldwide rates are 2-3%, Egypt had a 10% hepatitis C prevalence rate in 2008 but by 2015 has managed to bring the rate down to 4.4%, a major accomplishment applauded by the World Health Organization (WHO). This year, the organization selected Egypt as the site of its virus prevention campaign.
Hepatitis C is a disease that primarily affects the liver and can cause cirrhosis and liver failure or other diseases that can be fatal.
A series of measures by health authorities was credited with lowering the number of infections, health experts say.
“Egypt is going to provide a plan to combat the virus in a more effective way,” Radi said.