Health Minister Hala Zayed has announced the dispatch of an Egyptian medical team to South Sudan to open the country’s first hepatitis unit at an Egyptian clinic in Juba.
The move is part of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's initiative to treat 1 million Africans with hepatitis C.
The Egyptian medical team, who are bringing the necessary medical supplies, will train South Sudanese doctors, pharmacists and laboratory officials to test for hepatitis viruses and dispense treatment, the minister said.
A member of Egypt’s National Hepatitis Control Committee will remain behind to follow up on the treatments.
The team will be in South Sudan for a month.
Another hepatitis team will be sent to Chad in the first week of October.