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HbA1c test included in Egypt’s campaign to end chronic diseases

CAIRO – 13 January 2019: Citizens who test for hepatitis C and other chronic diseases as part of Egypt's national campaign will also get the hemoglobin A1c test, an official source in the Ministry of Health told Egypt Today.
The new examination will be added to the presidential initiative titled "100 million seha (health)," the source said, adding that it will help early detection of diabetes, and provide immediate free treatment for diabetic citizens.
The HbA1c is carried out to diagnose diabetes and record the average level of blood sugar over the previous two or three months.
The source affirmed that diabetes treatments are available and are distributed urgently to diabetic patients, pointing out to strong cooperation between treatment centers to prevent waiting lists.
The Ministry of Health and Population’s "100 Million Seha" to end Hepatitis C in Egypt, under the patronage of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has managed to attract millions of individuals in Egyptian governorates.
Health Minister Hala Zayed stated that 25 million citizens have undergone medical check-ups under the campaign between October 2018 and early January.