Note: Egypt has the highest rate of hepatitis C in the world. They are tackling it in a big way. Watch this video-very inspiring how they are trying to eliminate it. Alan
Through the Health Care Quality Improvement Project, the World Bank has supported Egypt’s government in its efforts to eliminate the deadly virus by providing technical and financial support. Watch this short video to learn more about the project.
Note: Wow – this is a pretty incredible goal! Alan
Egypt’s Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddin said on Thursday that 30 million people are to be screened for the Hepatitis C virus by the end of 2018.
The Hepatitis C virus is a blood-borne disease that can damage the liver and lead to deadly complications, such as cirrhosis and cancer.
Eddin noted that the ministry has so far managed to screen 3.6 million people, and that the government has treated 1.23 million patients at a cost of LE3.3 billion, adding that procedures to be treated do not exceed three days.
More than 800,000 Egyptians have been treated for hepatitis C since January 2016
The country’s health minister says it is proof that the country’s campaign aimed at preventing a spread of the disease is working well, telling journalists he expected the country to be free from the virus by 2020.
“Before the end of the year, God willing, we promise the Egyptian president and all of Egypt, that a million patients will have been treated. And we promise Egypt that 2020 will not see this country with one single Virus C patient. This is an Egyptian celebration, and not a Health Ministry celebration, it’s an Egyptian celebration, to end the waiting list for that disease and the treatment of 835,000 hepatitis C patients, Ahmed Rady said.