Only 12 countries around the world are on track to eliminate Hepatitis C by 2030, as determined by the World Health Organization (WHO), but Mexico is not in the rankings, said today in a statement from the Mexican association Unidos por una Better life
According to the most recent publication by Polaris Observatory, a non-profit research institute of the CDA Foundation, only Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Mongolia, Australia, Egypt, France, Georgia, Iceland, Japan and the Netherlands. They are the nations that have this goal. would achieve.
This is due to the number of patients treated in 2017, as well as the elimination of restrictions to treat people, regardless of the level of liver damage.
According to the WHO, about 71 million people are infected with hepatitis C, a curable disease that can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer, and an estimated 400,000 die every day due to complications of this disease.
Therefore, two of the sanitation goals of the Health Sector Strategy against Hepatitis 2016-2021 of the WHO, in line with the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, are to identify 90% of the population affected by hepatitis C and reach a therapeutic treatment coverage of 80%.
In Mexico, about 600,000 people are infected with the virus, of which 95% are unaware of their condition.
Hepatitis C can cause irreversible damage to the liver, such as cirrhosis, which in 2017 was one of the 10 leading causes of early death in 2017 in the country; or even liver cancer.
The risk factors for contracting the disease include transfusions or major surgery before 1994, mother with hepatitis C at the time of birth, the use of intravenous and intranasal medicines, unprotected sex, tattoos and piercings.
In addition to sharing materials that have not been properly sterilized, you can also undergo HIV and dialysis treatments.
A few weeks ago, several civil society organizations in Mexico asked the new federal government to include the comprehensive program for the elimination of chronic hepatitis C in the national development plan 2019-2024.