Min­is­ter of Health launches sec­ond phase of ‘100 mil­lion Health’ ini­tia­tive

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Min­is­ter of Health, Hala Zayed, an­nounced the launch of the sec­ond phase of Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah AlFat­tah Al-Sisi’s ini­tia­tive un­der the slo­gan ‘100 mil­lion Health’ dur­ing her visit to Is­mailia gover­norate on Sat­ur­day.

The ini­tia­tive aims to scan peo­ple to de­tect hep­ati­tis C virus, as well as com­mu­ni­ca­ble and non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases.The Gov­er­nor of Is­mailia Hamdy Oth­man, and Mo­hab Mamish, chief of Suez Canal Au­thor­ity, were present in the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony.

In Oc­to­ber, Al-Sisi launched a seven-month ini­tia­tive for con­duct­ing med­i­cal check-ups for hep­ati­tis C as well as com­mu­ni­ca­ble and non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases. The ini­tia­tives’ two phases tar­get about 45 to 52 mil­lion peo­ple na­tion­wide, aim­ing to elim­i­nate hep­ati­tis C by the end of 2020.

The sec­ond phase will be ap­plied in 11 gov­er­norates, in­clud­ing Cairo, Suez, Kafr El-Sheikh, Me­noufia, Beni Suef, Suhag, Aswan, Red Sea, North Si­nai, and Luxor.

Over 20 mil­lion peo­ple were tar­geted in the sec­ond phase which is set to last un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary.

Egypt is the most af­fected na­tion by hep­ati­tis C virus (HCV) and needs a com­pre­hen­sive char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of HCV epi­demi­ol­ogy to in­form the scale-up of treat­ment and pre­ven­tion pro­grammes, ac­cord­ing to a new study pub­lished by Na­ture’s Sci­en­tific Re­ports jour­nal.

The coun­try has achieved sig­nif­i­cant progress in cur­ing hep­ati­tis C, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, af­ter cur­ing about two mil­lion pa­tients in the coun­try, at the low­est pro­duc­tion cost of medicine world­wide, $78, which un­locked the prospect of med­i­cal tourism in the coun­try.

Min­is­ter of Health, Hala Zayed

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