30.3 million Egyptians screened for HCV so far: Health Min.

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Sun, 24 Feb 2019 - 10:12 GMT

FILE: Minister of Health Hala Zayed

FILE: Minister of Health Hala Zayed

CAIRO – 24 February 2019: Minister of Health Hala Zayed said in a Friday statement that more than 30,375 million citizens have been screened for hepatitis C (HCV) as part of the “100 Million Seha (Health)” campaign.



The statement revealed that as many as 6,999,000 citizens had been screened for HCV in Cairo so far, out of a total of 7,760,000 targeted for screening.



Around 17,250,000 people were screened in the governorates of Cairo, Suez, Kafr El-Sheikh, Menoufia, Ismailia, Beni Suef, Aswan, Sohag, the Red Sea and North Sinai, around 81 percent of the targeted population in the 2nd stage of the campaign.



More than 13 million Egyptians where screened in the first phase of the campaign, which kicked off last October.



The third phase of the campaign, which includes the governorates of New Valley, Giza, Gharbiya, Daqahliya, Sharqiya, Minya, and Qena, will begin next March.



Spokesman for the Health Ministry Khalid Mujahid said that so far, around 152 thousand citizens were screened in North Sinai and 816 thousand in Aswan, adding that Menoufia finished around 79 percent of the targeted population, while Beni Suef finished 78 percent.



Moreover, Mujahid added that 1,83 million students were screened and more will be checked during the coming phase.



The Health Ministry has vowed to completely eliminate the disease from Egypt by 2022.



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