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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Health

Egypt takes lead in combating Hepatitis C: Health Minister

Thursday 03/August/2017 - 01:30 PM
Sada El Balad
Amr Mamdouh

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.

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