Eng. Sherif Ismail، the Prime Minister، held a meeting today Thursday with Health Minister Dr Ahmed Emad El-Din، Minister of Finance Amr El-Garhy and Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar to follow up the health ministry’s program for the elimination of hepatitis C Virus from Egypt. Egypt's Ministry of Health denied on Tuesday rumours that circulated on social media that the Sovaldi drug، which treats hepatitis C، has a negative effect on the liver cells and might be the cause for forming cancerous spots.
The ministry asserted that this information is void of truth.
In a statement، the ministry said that 75% to 85% of the hepatitis C patients develop chronic hepatitis afterwards، adding that 20% to 30% of those patients suffer from liver fibrosis of forth degree and 5% to 10% of them can have cancer at the end.
The ministry said that hepatitis C does not cause cancer، but the liver fibrosis can cause cancer whether the disease was cured or not.
The statement added that any patient cured from hepatitis C should have check ups every 3 to 4 months to avoid liver fibrosis turning to cancer.