Egypt has become the first country to achieve “gold tier” status on the path to elimination of Hepatitis C, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, Anadolu Agency reports.
“Egypt has successfully transitioned from having one of the highest rates of Hepatitis C in the world to one of the lowest by reducing the prevalence of Hepatitis C from 10 per cent to 0.38 per cent in just over a decade,” the statement said, adding that the country has surpassed the “gold tier” targets by diagnosing 87 per cent of infected individuals and providing curative treatment to 93 per cent of those diagnosed.
It said that about 58 million individuals globally are living with chronic Hepatitis C infection. “While there is no vaccine, the disease can be cured with highly effective and curative short-course treatments that last 8–12 weeks.”
The WHO said that four out of five people living with Hepatitis C are unaware of their infection worldwide, adding that, if left untreated, the infection can lead to liver disease and cancer.
“Egypt is an example to the world of what can be achieved with modern tools and political commitment at the highest level to use those tools to prevent infections and save lives,” WHO chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus said.
Source : MEMO