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Health Ministry finds cure for Hepatitis C

April 14, 2018 12:57 AM
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GEORGE TOWN: Medical officers from five hospitals under the Health Ministry have made a breakthrough in producing a cure for Hepatitis C.

The success of a study carried out by medical officers from Alor Star Hospital, Selayang Hospital, Ampang Hospital, Kuantan Hospital and Sungai Buloh Hospital was announced at the International Liver Congress held in Paris on Thursday.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya (pix) said the study was conducted in collaboration with the Drug for Neglected Disease initiative (DNDi), a non-governmental organisation based in Geneva.

"The study shows that the new treatment, which combines 2Direct Acting Agent (DAA) for Hepatitis C patients, is effective and provides up to 97% cure rate," he said at the opening of the Penang Hospital Clinical Research Centre (CRC) here today.


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