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Crimean experts: viral hepatitis C is an absolutely curable disease

CrimeaPRESS reports:

The fact that today viral hepatitis C is an absolutely curable disease, said the chairman of the hepatological commission of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Crimea, the first deputy director for educational and methodological work of the Medical Academy named after S.I. Georgievsky KFU named after Vernadsky Natalia Rymarenko. According to her, patients who have been diagnosed with viral hepatitis C are invited to a meeting of the hepatological commission to determine the tactics of treatment.

The doctor responsible in the region for testing for hepatitis C, the patient is referred to the commission of the Ministry of Health of Crimea for providing assistance to patients with chronic viral hepatitis B and / or C. The commission issues a protocol to the patient, on the basis of which the Ministry of Health makes a personalized purchase of medicines for a particular patient and according to prescribed therapy regimen– quotes the press service of Natalia Rymarenko.

In 2019, the republic became the first region to refuse Interferon for the treatment of patients with hepatitis C. At the moment, tablet preparations are used that do not cause side effects. The specialist emphasized that the effectiveness of treatment is 98 — 99%. In most patients, the course of treatment is 2-3 months, depending on the regimen. The 6-month scheme is used for those patients who have serious liver changes, but there are only a few such. Last year, 736 people received free treatment, including 8 children.

As Natalia Rymarenko said, people of all age groups get sick with viral hepatitis C. The disease can be asymptomatic, which is why hepatitis is often called the «gentle killer.» Minor complaints in the form of malaise, nausea, abdominal pain, pain in the right hypochondrium during fast walking appear even with significant damage to the liver in the form of fibrosis.

Diagnosis of hepatitis C most often occurs when the patient undergoes various examinations, usually not related to the disease. For example, this is an examination before a planned hospitalization, during pregnancy, donation of blood and its components. Therefore, we insist on the importance of medical examinations and professional examinations, thanks to which it is possible to timely identify asymptomatic diseases such as hepatitis C.— emphasizes Natalia Rymarenko.

The hepatitis C virus is transmitted through blood. The virus can enter the body of a healthy person through wounds and microcracks on the skin and mucous membranes. If a person has had hepatitis C once, they can become infected again.

Infection is possible when tattooing, piercing, cosmetic procedures, manicure or pedicure, if non-sterile needles or other instruments are used in salons. Therefore, you should contact organizations that have the necessary permits for the provision of relevant services, whose specialists have been trained in safe work rules and use disposable or reusable sterilized instruments.— says Natalia Rymarenko.

It should be reminded that in the Republic of Crimea there is a “hot line” of the commission for organizing medical care for patients with chronic viral hepatitis B and/or C. Calls are accepted at +7 978 954 84 69 on weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00.

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