More than 8 million and 266,708 citizens were scanned in the second phase of President Abdel Fattah Al-Fattah Al-Sisi’s initiative for detecting the hepatitis C virus, communicable and non-communicable diseases, according to Egypt’s Minister of Health, Hala Zayed.
Zayed said on Sunday that the total number of citizens who were scanned reached about 21 million and 7000 individuals, since the launch of the initiative in October. All of the scanned citizens have received free medications.
The seven-month initiative comes under the slogan ‘100 million Health’ which was launched in October 2018. The presidential initiative targets scanning more than 20 million people in the second phase which is set to last until the end of February 2019. The check-ups of the two phases of the initiative target about 45 to 52 million people in all governorates, aiming to combat hepatitis C by the end of 2020.
According to a statement from the ministry’s spokesperson Khaled Mogahed, about 443,726 students in secondary schools were checked as per the initiative in nine governorates until Saturday. He added that the governorate of Alexandria is still the most active governorate where students participated in the initiative with 98,403 students scanned.
Mogahed further explained that 8 million and 266,708 citizens were scanned in the second phase of the initiative. The Cairo governorate is the most active governorate in general participation in the initiative as 3 million and 44,000 citizens have been scanned.