CAIRO - 7 December 2023: Egypt's Ministry of Health and Population announced on Thurday that it has screened over 2 million primary school students for Hepatitis C as part of its Presidential initiative.
The initiative, which launched on November 4, 2023, aims to screen all 14.4 million primary school students in Egypt and provide free treatment to those who are diagnosed with the disease.
The screenings are being conducted by highly trained medical teams using rapid detection tests. The initiative is in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education and Al-Azhar to ensure that the screenings do not disrupt the educational process.
Positive cases will be referred to specialized clinics for further testing and treatment. The treatment protocol is led by trained pediatricians.
The initiative is part of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's efforts to eliminate Hepatitis C from Egypt. The disease is a major public health concern in Egypt, with an estimated 1.5 million people living with the virus.
The initiative has been praised by health experts and organizations. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called the initiative a "major step forward" in Egypt's fight against Hepatitis C.