Health Minister meets U.S. delegation to discuss hepatitis C
Health Minister Adel al-Adawy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Minister of Health and Population Adel Adawy met Tuesday with representatives of the U.S. Embassy to discuss cooperation methods to stop the spread of hepatitis C, Youm7 reported.

The meeting discussed Sovaldi, a recent U.S. treatment for chronic hepatitis C patients, which is is expected to be circulated within the current year. Egypt has epidemic rates of the chronic disease, according to the World Health Organization, with approximately 20% of blood donors testing positive.

The Egyptian army announced in February it had also developed a cure for the disease, but has not produced details of the treatment. Wide-scale treatement of the military-developed cure is scheduled to begin  by June 30.

A press conference will be held by the general management of the medical services of the armed forces to discuss the details of the treatment  provided by the new device, studies conducted on it,  scientific credits and  international requirements that obtained before circulating its use in Egypt’s hospitals, source military source told Youm7.

Satirist Bassem Youssef lampooned the secretive army cure for its lack of details when it was first announced on his program, which has since been cancelled.

In March,  Atty told CNN that doubts surrounding the effectiveness of his inventions were a form of “thought destruction,” adding that his ancestry goes back to Prophet Mohammad, claiming to have achieved “what many of his detractors failed to do.”

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