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 the Mexican Unidos por una
According to the latest publication of the Polaris Observatory, a non-profit research institution of the CDA Foundation, only Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Great Britain, Mongolia, Australia, Egypt, France, Georgia, Iceland, Japan and the Netherlands are the nations that will reach this goal.
This is due to the number of patients treated in 2017, as well as the elimination of restrictions to provide care to people regardless of the level of liver damage.
According to the World Health Organization, about 71 million people are infected with hepatitis C, a curable disease that can cause liver cirrhosis cancer, and 400,000 die daily due to complications of this disease.
Because of this, two of the health objectives of the health sector strategy against viral hepatitis 2016-2021 of the World Health Organization, consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, are to diagnose 90% of the population affected by hepatitis C and reach therapeutic treatment coverage of 80 %.
Mexico has about 600,000 people infected with the virus, of which 95% are unaware of their condition.
Hepatitis C can cause irreparable damage to the liver such as cirrhosis of the liver, which in 2017 was one of the top 10 causes of premature death in 2017 in the country; Or even liver cancer.
Among the risk factors for the disease are transfusions or major surgeries before 1994, if with hepatitis C at birth, the use of intravenous and intranasal drugs, having unprotected sex, piercing tattoos.
In addition to sharing non-sterilized materials, there is HIV and dialysis treatment.
A few weeks ago several civil society organizations in Mexico asked the new federal government to include in the National Development Plan 2019-2024 a comprehensive program for the chronic elimination of hepatitis C.