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 Tuesday, June 30 2020 15:58
Karina Manukyan

Torosyan: As part of the national hepatitis C treatment program, the  first batch of medicines arrived in Armenia

Torosyan: As part of the national hepatitis C treatment program, the  first batch of medicines arrived in Armenia

ArmInfo. As part of the national  hepatitis C treatment program, the first batch of drugs arrived in  Armenia. Head of the RA Ministry of Health Arsen Torosyan said this  on his Facebook page.

As noted, the first batch is designed for 500 patients, and was  purchased with state budget funds. The batch was supposed to enter  the republic in early spring, but was late due to restrictions on air  traffic in connection with the coronavirus. <RA citizens will receive  treatment for hepatitis C according to registration in the queue, as  well as medical indications. This year, medicines will be purchased  for another 1,000 people. The program aims to completely eliminate  this infectious disease>, the Minister said, adding that additional  information will be provided later.

Earlier it was reported that since 2020, about 1,000 hepatitis C  patients will be provided with free medicines annually in Armenia.   Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus.

Virus transmission can occur with injecting drug use, unsafe  injecting practices, unsafe medical practices, transfusion of  unverified blood and its products, and sexual intercourse that leads  to contact with blood. 

According to the World Health Organization, over 70 million people  worldwide suffer from chronic hepatitis C infection. According to  WHO, hepatitis C is a major cause of liver cancer.

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