The World Health Organisation's target of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030, will not be met until 2050 in Belgium, according to the head doctor at the St-Pierre Hospital.
For World Hepatitis Day, Belga News Agency interviewed Dr. Jean-Pierre Mulkay, Head of Service at Brussels' St-Pierre Hospital.
During the interview, he stated his belief that Belgium still has a long way to go to meet the WHO's target of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030.
- World Hepatitis Day: 'Stronger measures needed' to eradicate hepatitis
- Hepatology conference in London hopeful about treating and eradicating hepatitis
- Social media posts falsely blame Covid-19 vaccine for spike in hepatitis
According to him, politicians need to loosen the current procedures surrounding the virus. Otherwise, it will take until 2050 for the virus to be eliminated in Belgium.
What needs to be done?
Mulkay has offered multiple solutions on how politicians can best combat the liver affecting virus.
On the one hand, as hepatitis C mainly affects populations that are deemed "hard-to-reach" populations, such as drug users, refugees and prisoners, the doctor has called for the virus to be treated outside of hospitals and that "systematic screening be set up in all prisons."
On the other, Mulkay also called on screening procedures and the reimbursement standard to be simplified.
"There are very simple and rapid tests that exist, but they can only be carried out by doctors or nurses," adding that "the reimbursement standard must be simplified so that treatment can begin as soon as possible."