Only 12 countries around the world are on track to get rid of Hepatitis C by 2030, as established by the World Health Organization (WHO), but Mexico is not in the site, says today in a statement of the United Mexican Association for a Better life
According to the latest announcement of Polaris Observatory, a non-profit research organization that belongs to the CDA Foundation, Italy alone, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Mongolia, Australia, Egypt, France, Georgia, Iceland , Japan and Netherlands are the nations that would achieve this goal.
This thanks to the number of patients treated in 2017, as well as removing restrictions to provide treatment for people regardless of the level of liver damage.
According to WHO, around 71 million people have been infected with hepatitis C, a curable disease that can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer, and about 400,000 die daily because of the complications of this disease.
Because of this, two of the WHO's Healthcare Strategy's Healthy Behavioral goals 2016-2021 WHO 2016-2021 Hepatitis, which is consistent with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, is to diagnose 90% of the population Hepatitis affects them C and reaches the therapeutic treatment of 80%.
In Mexico, around 600,000 people have been infected with the virus, and 95% are not aware of their condition.
Hepatitis C can cause irreversible harm to the liver as a cirrhosis, which was 2017 in one of the 10 main causes of premature death in 2017 in the country; or even liver cancer.
Risk factors for contracting the disease include major conveyancies or practices before 1994, a mother with hepatitis C at birth, the use of intravenous and intranasal drugs, having sex without protection, tattoos and tracks.
As well as sharing non-sterilized and accurate materials, they have HIV treatments and dialysis.
A few weeks ago several civil society organizations in Mexico asked the new federal government to include in the Combined Program for the Elimination of Chronic Hepatitis C. National Development Plan 2019-2024.