WELLINGTON, February 24 (Xinhua) – New Zealand Health Minister David Clark asks New Zealand to listen to a national campaign, encouraging people to test hepatitis C so that some can be improved who has the disease.
The New Zealand Hepatitis Foundation, the Health Promotion Agency and the Ministry of Health will launch a joint campaign called "Get Hep C Tested" starting on Monday to raise awareness and encourage more people to get a test and treatment.
Around 50,000 people in New Zealand have chronic infection in the liver, Clark said on Sunday, adding "The problem almost half of them do not know."
Clark stated that hepatitis C could lead to liver cancer, and people can be infected in several ways such as tattoo or needle sharing.
"If you have ever injected drugs, even once a while ago, you should have a test," he added, adding that this month's Pharmaceutical Management Agency has begun to fund a new hepatitis C treatment, Maviret, which has a # 39 ; The potential to improve more than 99 per cent of cases.
"The biggest issue now is to find those people who do not know they have the disease so that we can handle them, which is why this campaign is so timely," said Clark.