That is within a plan to screen 2.2 million pupils at middle schools in the current academic year.
A report issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population revealed that the recently held World Economic Forum confirmed that Egypt presented a successful model through its presidential initiative to eliminate Hepatitis C and early detection of non-communicable diseases.
Egypt would run for the leadership of the group to work on accelerating the eradication of hepatitis C by 2030, in line with the achievement of the United Nations sustainable development goals and the goals of the World Health Organization.
The state examined about 70 million citizens to detect hepatitis C as part of the initiative, where: “More than 2.2 million people infected with hepatitis C virus were detected."
This comes in appreciation of the Egyptian state’s efforts in eliminating Hepatitis C as per the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, a statement by the Egyptian Health Ministry read on Monday.
The work of the initiative includes conducting examinations for students inside schools using rapid reagents.
Acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel Ghaffar made the statement Sunday at Africa Health ExCon held by the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement (UPA) in Cairo.
Alter and two other scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2020 for the discovery of hepatitis C virus.
Former hepatitis C patients developed liver cirrhosis, which in turn raised liver cancer cases.
The announcement would be officially made soon.
Esmat said that for the first time in the world to test 60 million people for the virus and know that two million people were infected with it.
et answers the question: How did Egypt manage to eliminate Hep. C after it was one of the countries with high infection prevalence.
Between January 28, 2011 and July 3, 2013, Egypt lived in political instability because of overthrowing two regimes.
The Ministry of Health revealed that the prevalence rate of Hepatitis C in 2021 reached 2 percent, marking a drop compared to 7 percent in 2018.
The Egyptian national TV aired on Sunday a report about the health aid offered by Egypt to fellow African states.
The ministry said it has provided treatment to 1,385,199 citizens free of charge, including 388,170 cases suffering from hypertension and 419,000 cases suffering from diabetes.
This is the highest number of patients to be examined under the “100 Million Lives” initiative in few days, said spokesman for the ministry Khaled Megahed.
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi at the closing session of two-days Arab and African Youth Forum held in Aswan city in March last year announced a new initiative to eliminate Hepatitis C among one million African citizens.
Further, Egypt is preparing a shipment of children medicines that weighs 1.325 tons
In 2019, Egypt took over the presidency of the African Union for the first time since its founding in 2002. Cairo was keen on making a difference during that year for the continent and its own relationship with African nations.