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CAIRO – 2 May 2019: Health Minister Hala Zayed announced Tuesday extending the third phase of the 100 Million Seha initiative until May 5 instead of the end of April, advisor to the Minister of Health Reham Adel told Egypt Today.
Adel said that the minister of health affirmed that services are still available free of charge.
"The Ministry of Health provided services to the citizens to enable them to benefit from the initiative, especially for people over the age of 18," Adel said.
In February, Minister of Health Zayed said in a statement that more than 30,375 million citizens across Egypt were screened for HCV as part of the campaign.
The initiative was launched by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi under the title "100 Million Health" to eradicate Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and chronic diseases.
The Health Ministry has vowed to completely eliminate the disease from Egypt by 2022.
In January, the minister unveiled an Egyptian initiative to treat African people from Hepatitis C, starting with the Nile Basin countries that have an estimated 3.7 million hepatitis C patients, representing 30 percent of the total number of infected people in Africa.