Presidential initiative for detecting Hepatitis C among students to last 5 years: Health Ministry



Mon, 17 Apr 2023 - 11:59 GMT


Mon, 17 Apr 2023 - 11:59 GMT

CAIRO – 17 April 2023: Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population said that the presidential initiative for the early detection of Hepatitis C for middle school students aims to provide free early examination and treatment services.

In a statement, the ministry stated that: "examination is carried out using rapid tests."

Positive cases of students are directed to liver committees affiliated the branches of the Health Insurance Authority to conduct further medical examinations, noting that there are 24 committees and the initiative will continue for 5 years to ensure that Egypt is free of hepatitis C.

The Health and Population Ministry also announced that 8.188.763 million school pupils were examined as part of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's initiative for the early detection of anemia, obesity, and dwarfism among primary school students.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said the target is to cover a total of 30,000 public and private schools, with the initiative set to continue its work until the end of the school year in all governorates across the country.

He added that 2,400 medical teams have participated in the initiative, with each team consisting of three personnel, namely a nurse, a laboratory technician, and an administrator. Each team member has been trained on examination protocols, diagnostics, and infection control standards.



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