Almaty and Nur-Sultan taking lead on number of hepatitis cases

Date: 14:33, 26-07-2019.

Astana. July 26. KazTAG - Almaty and Nur-Sultan are taking lead on the number of  hepatitis cases, reports the Fund of Social Medical Insurance.
"According to the official data of the dispensary accounting of patients, more than 67 000 hepatitis cases were registered in Kazakhstan in 2018, of them 5 717 patients have been diagnosed for the first time. The majority of cases have been registered in Almaty (8943), Nur-Sultan (8088), Turkestan region (6592) and Shymkent (6369)," reads the report spread on the World Day of Combat with Hepatitis.
According to the World Health Organization, 325 mln people in the world are infected with B and C virus, which annually kills 1.4 mln people.
“In terms of mortality, this infection is in the second place after tuberculosis, and the number of people infected with hepatitis is 9 times higher than the number of HIV-infected. Hepatitis is preventable and treatable, and hepatitis C can be completely cured. However, over 80% of people with hepatitis do not have access to the means of prevention, testing and treatment, ” reads the report.

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