PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has acknowledged that the treatment for Hepatitis C is very expensive and it is collaborating with other partners to find an affordable cure.
In 2015, only 7% of the 71 million people worldwide with chronic Hepatitis C had access to the expensive treatment. The treatment comprised new oral direct acting antivirals taken for three to six months, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
“The ministry is working with other partners to find affordable treatment for many people living with Hepatitis C. We will have the results very soon,” he said yesterday.
Dr Noor Hisham also launched Walk-a-Run Hepatitis 2017 yesterday in conjunction with World Hepatitis Day on Friday.
The Star had on Friday carried a front page story about 400,000 Malaysians infected with Hepatitis C, but only a fraction of them can afford the medication, which may cost up to RM300,000 for the full course of treatment.