Minister of Health, Hala Zayed, announced the launch of the second phase of President Abdel Fattah Al-Fattah Al-Sisi’s initiative under the slogan ‘100 million Health’ during her visit to Ismailia governorate on Saturday.
The initiative aims to scan people to detect hepatitis C virus, as well as communicable and non-communicable diseases. The Governor of Ismailia Hamdy Othman, and Mohab Mamish, chief of Suez Canal Authority, were present in the inauguration ceremony.
In October, Al-Sisi launched a seven-month initiative for conducting medical check-ups for hepatitis C as well as communicable and non-communicable diseases. The initiatives’ two phases target about 45 to 52 million people nationwide, aiming to eliminate hepatitis C by the end of 2020.
The second phase will be applied in 11 governorates, including Cairo, Suez, Kafr El-Sheikh, Menoufia, Beni Suef, Suhag, Aswan, Red Sea, North Sinai, and Luxor.
Over 20 million people were targeted in the second phase which is set to last until the end of February.
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