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Updated on July 10, 2018 From Daily Eleven

Free Hep C treatment to be extended in Myitkyina, Mawlamyine

The hepatitis control project providing free treatment to hepatitis C patients will be extended this year at Myitkyina and Mawlamyine hospitals in addition to seven public hospitals in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
        "It costs about K2 million to cure a hepatitis C patient. The project is being implemented at five hospitals in Yangon, hospitals in Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay. Yangon includes General Hospital, North Oakkalapa Hospital, Tharkayta Hospital, and Mingaladon Hospital. Others are Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay hospitals. Those who want to receive treatment need to contact these hospitals for screening. As they don't need to be hospitalised, they will be provided one-month or three-month courses of medication depending on condition," said Dr Than Tun Aung, deputy director general of the Public Health Department.
        The Public Health Department, Medical Services Department and National Health Laboratory launched a pilot programme in mid-June last year at seven state-run hospitals in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. Till April this year, free treatment was provided to 2,099 hepatitis C patients. Among them, 1,730 finished their courses and 724 were cured.

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