Students at 3 universities to be tested for Hepatitis C
Cairo University campus - YOUM7 (Archive)

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.

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