Hepatitis C Treatment Program Launched

The Ministry of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan launched Hepatitis C treatment program in presence of H.E Minister of Public Health, deputy ministers, general directors, representatives from international and local organizations.

Hepatitis C is a contagious and dangerous disease. The symptoms of the disease may not appear for many years. Hepatitis C is the seventh cause of death in the world, and annually it takes the life of one and a half million people.

Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, the Minister of Public Health said, “The launch of the Hepatitis C treatment program is a positive step towards reducing the disease in the country and added that in the first phase, about 20,000 people who are at high risk of the disease, especially drug addicts, prisoners and those with AIDS, are to be treated in the six zones of the country”.

The Minister of Public Health stated that open borders with neighboring countries, especially Pakistan and Iran, which have high incidence of hepatitis B and C, are one of the most important causes of the spread of the disease in Afghanistan.

 

Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz says, “Raising the level of awareness of people, providing vaccine for those at risk, and distributing syringe for addicts are other ways to prevent the spread of the disease.”

 

The viruses of the hepatitis type B and C are transmitted from one person to another through blood, sexual contact, and the use of contaminated syringes.

 

It is worth noting that people who are infected with (HIV) are more likely to be affected by hepatitis.

 

The Ministry of Public Health is determined to implement the strategy of the Ministry to eliminate hepatitis in Afghanistan by 2030