CAIRO: Pharmacy, medical and dentistry students will be tested for hepatitis C at three universities, head of the National Committee for Control of Viral Hepatitis (NCCVH) Waheed Dous told Youm7 in a Sunday report.
The universities include Ain Shams, Kafr el-Sheikh and Asyut, Dous said.
Those who will be found infected will be treated free of charge, he added.
One out of 10 of Egypt’s population aged 15-59 is infected, according to the World Health Organization; the government has embarked on a vigorous campaign to put an end to this high prevalence in 2014.
The number of liver treatment centers across the country has been increased; subsidized regimens have been incorporated, and several liver-related drugs have been locally produced to further reduce their prices.