Pakistan has become the most affected country by hepatitis C in the world. Previously, Egypt was the number one country suffering from this disease, but Egypt managed to control hepatitis under a systematic plan in seven years and is now applying for the status of a hepatitis-free country with the World Health Organization (W.H.O) this year. After Egypt becomes free of this disease, Pakistan will be the number one country in the world.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation and can lead to serious complications such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is transmitted through contact with infected blood, such as through unsafe injections, transfusions, or sharing needles.
According to a report by the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), about 20 million people in Pakistan are infected with hepatitis C, which is about 10% of the population. The report also stated that there is a lack of awareness, screening, and treatment facilities for hepatitis C in the country.
The PMA urged the government to take urgent steps to prevent the spread of hepatitis C and provide free treatment to the patients. It also suggested that the government should launch a national campaign to raise awareness about the causes, symptoms, and prevention of hepatitis C among the public.