Georgia near hepatitis C epidemic

Photo: Georgia near hepatitis C epidemic / Georgia

Georgia, Tbilisi, July 22 /Trend, N. Kirtzkhalia/

According to official statistics, hepatitis C levels in Georgia have hit record levels, namely 200,000 infected currently and 2,000 new cases emerging annually.

According to experts, the death rate is also high, as the treatment of the disease is expensive. Moreover, there is no state program for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C. The data of the official statistics state that only 10 percent of the infected can afford treatment.

As the Public speaker of Georgia reported on Monday, Georgia takes first place in the South Caucasus in regards to number of people infected with hepatitis C.

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