The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified only 12 countries around the world to fight hepatitis until 2030, but Mexico is not on the line, the statement today states that the Mexican Association Unidos por una Better Life
According to the latest publication by the Polaris Observatory, a non-profit research institution owned by the CDA Fund, which is only Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Mongolia, Australia, Egypt, France, Georgia, Iceland, Japan and the Netherlands. they are countries that achieve this goal.
This is due to the number of patients treated in 2017 as well as the lifting of restrictions to ensure treatment for people regardless of liver damage.
According to the WHO, approximately 71 million people are infected with hepatitis C, a curable disease that can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer, and about 400,000 people die each day due to complications of the disease.
Therefore, the two health objectives of the WHO Health Sector Strategy for Viral Hepatitis 2016-2021, which are in line with United Nations goals for sustainable development in 2030, are to diagnose 90% of the population affected by hepatitis C and achieve therapeutic treatment of 80%.
Mexico has about 600,000 people 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 was one of the 10 major causes of death in 2017 in the country in 2017; or even liver cancer.
Among the risk factors for combating the disease are transfusions or severe surgery before 1994, a mother with hepatitis C at birth, the use of intravenous and intranasal medicines that have unprotected sex, tattoos and piercings.
In addition to sharing materials that are not sterilized correctly, there is HIV and dialysis treatment.
A few weeks ago, several Mexican civil society organizations asked the new federal government from 2019 to 2024. Include a comprehensive program for the elimination of chronic hepatitis C in the National Development Plan.