THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA, PUBLIC RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION

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2017-06-16




MESSAGE BY THE PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA TO THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON HEPATITIS C VIRUS AND RELATED VIRUSES


Ulaanbaatar State Palace,
June 16, 2017

Distinguished doctors and scholars,
International guests,

I extend my heartfelt greetings to all of you today.

Mongolia is known for its high endemicity for hepatitis B and C viruses, which are the main risk factors for liver cancer, liver cirrhosis, and chronic inflammation and the incidence of liver disease per 100,000 population is 7-8 times higher than the global average. Each year in Mongolia, 5 to 6 people die due to liver disease. These are truly disturbing numbers.

The Government of Mongolia has launched a National Program “Eleg Buten Mongol” to reduce liver disease, use effective treatment, and improve the opportunity of the people to get tested and treated. I am very grateful that the highly effective drug for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus was immediately registered in our country and was imported at relatively low price. Mongolia is one of the first countries to receive this medical breakthrough. Mongolia can be a role model in the world in treatment of liver disease, through the state policy, implementation and our achievements. I hope that today’s symposium will contribute to this.

We should accord special attention to early diagnosis of liver disease and improve the treatment by keeping up with the modern medical technology and methods, and involve health sector, civic society and non-governmental organizations to these activities. We are expecting to reduce the rate of hepatitis C and B infection significantly over the next 5-6 years.

We all know that our liver is like a laboratory - has a wide range of functions including detoxification and others. Mongolians regard the liver, heart, kidneys, lungs, and spleen as the five internal solid organs. Comparing with the other internal solid organs, only the liver has a remarkable capacity to regenerate. It is known that less than 30 percent of the donor’s liver can self-repair, if its 70 percent mass was removed for transplantation. Hepatocytes or the liver cells will not only survive, but regenerate back to its full size after 30 days. But none of other human organs have such capacity to regenerate. Liver is such a unique organ. Therefore, let us cherish this unique organ, our people, and let us study the liver, esteemed scholars.

I extend my heartfelt congratulations to scholars and researchers who are participating in this Symposium and wish good luck.

Thank you for your attention.