Lawyer files complaint over army’s controversial hepatitis cure

A lawyer has filed a complaint to the General Prosecutor against army doctors and engineers, accusing them of deluding hepatitis C patients with a proclaimed treatment for the disease carried by an estimated 14 percent of Egyptians.
Khaled Abu Bakr, filed the complaint against Ibrahim Abdel Atty, the army engineer who introduced the alleged curing device as a scientific breakthrough by army doctors.
Others targeted by the complaint were Taher Abdallah, former commander of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, and Ahmed Moanes, professor of medicine at Ain Shams University.
Speaking to satellite channel Al-Youm on Sunday, Abu Bakr said he filed the complaint “against those who deceived the poor patients with a hope for recovery.”
Abu Bakr demanded investigation into the army’s failure to announce the activation of its hepatitis cure device.
The EAAF had promised to start the activation of its “C-Fast,” a so-called non-invasive detection machine for Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, on June 2014, before postponing the step to the end of 2014, then recently to May 2015.
The declaration was met both with skepticism and sarcasm by government opponents. Afterwards, the government contracted with US company Gilead for Sovaldi, the cure which the government prepares to launch in the market soon.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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