Strategic stock of hepatitis C medication available free for patients

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Thu, 26 Dec 2019 - 09:22 GMT

A specimen is tested for mononucleosis at the medical clinic on Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota (U.S. Air Force photo)

A specimen is tested for mononucleosis at the medical clinic on Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota (U.S. Air Force photo)

CAIRO – 26 December 2019: The strategic stock of hepatitis C medication is available and provided for free for all patients when needed, according to Ministry of Health on Wednesday.

It was added that "100 Million Healthy Lives" campaign is still providing a full free examination for patients in different centers.

Aiming to completely eliminate hepatitis C from Egypt by 2022, Egypt has managed to examine more than 60 million citizens and provided free nationwide treatment through government centers for more than 1 million citizens infected by the virus.

“I did not even know I had the Hepatitis C virus,” one of the patients told Egypt Today in an interview. “Thanks to the ‘100 Million Healthy Lives’ initiative, I received the necessary medication and got cured, completely free of charge.”

After conducting a series of interviews with patients that were treated or are being treated as part of the initiative, Egypt Today found out that most of the patients did not suffer symptoms or knew they had the virus.

Medical experts recommend continuous checkups in order to identify diseases for easier treatment, pointing out that disease ignorance poses serious threats and spreads viruses.

In March, the Health Ministry launched the last phase of the “100 Million Healthy Lives” initiative, which aims at screening more than 52 million citizens for hepatitis C (HCV).

The third phase was launched in governorates of Giza, Gharbia, Sharqia, Dakahlia, Wadi Gadid, Qena, and Menya, targeting around 23.4 million citizens, said Minister of Health Hala al-Saeed.

The Arab Health Ministers Council announced that the 100 Million Healthy Lives is a “successful approach”, calling for applying it in other Arab countries, the minister added in the statement.

"The number of medical staff, assigned for the third phase, reached 8,520 groups," she continued.

The initiative has been launched in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and ended in April 2019 after targeting more than 45 million citizens. The Health Ministry has vowed to completely eliminate the disease from Egypt by 2022.

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