Around 45,000 people have gone through medical treatment for Hepatitis C in Georgia, 98 percent of which were cured, the head of Georgia’s National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) Amiran Gamkrelidze said.
Gamkrelidze encouraged everyone to be tested for Hepatitis C in order to understand whether they have the illness or not as the disease has no symptoms until late in its development.
We should screen the entire population – 3,7 million people, especially adults above 18”, Gamkrelidze said.
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Those living in Georgia’s occupied regions but do not hold a Georgian passport will be able to benefit from the free Hepatitis C treatment program Georgia offers its citizens.
Georgian Health Minister David Sergeenko announced this after a governmental meeting today.
Sergeenko said that a neutral ID card or a neutral travel document will be enough for Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region residents to engage in the free treatment program.
Georgia’s hepatitis C elimination program, the first of its kind in the world, can provide information and experience that will assist similar goal-setting and programmatic efforts in other countries. The country of Georgia has one of the highest hepatitis C prevalence rates in the world, affecting 8% of the 3.7 million population. Georgia is the first country to take on the challenge of eliminating hepatitis C and has, as part of a comprehensive hepatitis C elimination plan, committed to treat and cure every hepatitis C-infected person in the country. In April 2015, in collaboration with CDC and other partners, Georgia embarked on a program to eliminate hepatitis C infection, subsequently defined as achieving a 90% reduction in prevalence by 2020. The initial phase of the program focused on providing free, curative HCV treatment to infected people with advanced liver disease. By April 2016, a total of 27,392 HCV-infected people registered for the program; 31% started treatment, 69% completed treatment, and 83% of those who completed treatment were cured of HCV.
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