Egypt celebrates becoming Hepatitis-free

Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 Jul 2020

'We proved that community-based screening of Hepatitis viruses is not impossible,' said Minister of Health Hala Zayed

Hepatitis C free Egypt
Egyptian Landmarks were lit in green to celebrate a free from hepatitis C Egypt. Photo: Ministry of Health facebook page
Egypt is the first country that succeeds in becoming free of Hepatitis C, announced the Ministry of Health late on Tuesday.

The ministry published a video on Facebook to celebrate World Hepatitis Day.

In the video, several Egyptian landmarks are lit in green to celebrate becoming Hepatitis-free, among which are the New Administrative Capital, Cairo Tower, Liberation complex, Deir El-Bahari in Luxor and Raud El-Farag Axis.

“We proved that community-based screening of Hepatitis viruses is not impossible, "said Minister of Health Hala Zayed in the video. 

The ministry added that 60 million Egyptians were scanned for Hepatitis in seven months only, as a part of the 100 Million Health initiative.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s initiative 100 Million Health was launched from October 2018 until April 2019, to screen and overcome hepatitis and non-communicable diseases.

The initiative included mass screenings for all citizens over the age of 18 for the early detection of Hepatitis C infection alongside evaluation and treatment in Hepatitis treatment units deployed nationwide.

Early detection was not only restricted to Hepatitis C, but included diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, directing those who need to receive treatment to various units and hospitals in the republic to reduce deaths caused by non-communicable diseases which represent about 70 percent of deaths in Egypt.

“Egypt is the first country to fight Hepatitis C and overcome it and is now Hepatitis-free,” said the Ministry of Health.

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