Mamuka Bakhtadze: I'm sure Georgia will become one of the first countries that will completely defeat hepatitis C

I'm sure Georgia will become one of the first countries that will completely defeat hepatitis C, - Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said at the World Health Organization's advisory meeting.

"It is known that the World Health Organization’s agenda is daily increasing and is aimed at eliminating difficult challenges, one of the most important priorities of which is fight against infectious diseases. Unfortunately, hepatitis C remains an important challenge for the world community and requires active involvement of governments and civil societies.

According to the study conducted in Georgia in 2015, almost 8% of the population had hepatitis C and it was a very difficult challenge for our country. I would like to emphasize the support that we received from our strategic partner - the United States. In addition, by the support of the United States Disease Control Center, the World Health Organization and Gilead, we implemented an unprecedented program on the elimination of hepatitis C in Georgia. Today, we are proud to say that with the support of the state, tens of thousands of people suffering from hepatitis C have been completely cured”, said Mamuka Bakhtadze, adding that efforts will continue to fully elimiante hepatitis C in the future.