CAIRO – 5 May 2017: Tests of a total 132,327 people came out positive for Hepatitis C virus in a governmental survey in Upper Egyptian governorates, announced Health Minister Ahmed Emad el-Din on Friday.
The medical campaign to detect HCV infections has examined around 521,213 citizens; it ended on April 30, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health.
Those who were found to have contracted the disease were referred to medical centers, where they received the necessary treatment.
The three-month campaign was applied to thousands of citizens, including those who wanted to travel, university students, prisoners, doctors, nurses and medical staff
The Ministry of Health announced last week that it is targeting the treatment of 400,000 Hepatitis C patients during 2017.
Head of the National Committee for the Control of Viral Hepatitis (NCCVH), Waheed Doos, previously told Egypt Today that the treatment protocols related to Hepatitis C are being upgraded in accordance with the best treatments available globally.
Having one of the highest infection rates of Hepatitis C in the world, Egypt began a wide-scale campaign since 2014 to treat patients with imported medications that have proved a breakthrough in treating the virus.
It has also successfully treated thousands of Hepatitis C patients with locally-manufactured versions of the imported medicines.