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Guyana to establish first ‘Hepatitis C’ Clinic in the Caribbean

The National Care and Treatment Centre will soon be housing the first Hepatitis C clinic to be established in the Caribbean, as the National Aids Programme Secretariat looks to eliminate cases of Hep-C in Guyana.

This is according to Programme Manager at the National Aids Programme Secretariat (NAPS) Dr. Tariq Jagnarine who spoke to News Update.

Programme Manager of NAPS, Dr. Tariq Jagnarine.

“We’re going to be focusing a lot on our STIs which have been put somewhat on the back burner, HEP-C. We are going to be the first country in the Caribbean that will do testing and treatment for HEP-C” he said.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and is spread through contact with blood from an infected person.

It has been labelled as a ‘silent killer’ as most persons would not know if they are infected.

According to the Programme Manager, positive persons will be treated with a medication that has a 95% to 98% cure. Jagnarine explained “there are a lot of persons who would have donated blood and they would have had testing done and they would have encountered Hepatitis C and even HIV cases, some persons would have a co-infection of Hepatitis C and so we want to treat them”

According to the CDC, today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C Virus by sharing needles or other equipment used to prepare and inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness, but for more than half of people who become infected with the hepatitis C virus, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection.

Chronic Hepatitis C can result in serious, even life-threatening health problems like cirrhosis and liver cancer. People with chronic Hepatitis C can often have no symptoms and don’t feel sick. When symptoms appear, they often are a sign of advanced liver disease.


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