Six people — five men and one woman — died from viral hepatitis in Cyprus in 2016 according to figures released by Eurostat on Friday — a day after the Health Ministry unveiled a national programme to eliminate Hepatitisn C by 2030.
Eurostat said that among the 5.1 million deaths reported in the European Union (EU) in 2016, 6,600 were due to viral hepatitis. In other words, at EU level, rate of deaths from viral hepatitis stood on average at 13 deaths per million inhabitants in 2016. Compared with 2011, it decreased by 16% from 15 deaths per million inhabitant.
Men (3400 deaths) and women (3200 deaths) were almost equally affected. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths concerned people aged over 65 (4 300 deaths, 64% of the EU total).
The Eurostat report marks World Hepatitis Day on July 28.
Death rate from hepatitis highest in Italy, lowest in Slovenia and Finland
To make a sound comparison between countries, the absolute numbers of deaths across Member States need to be adjusted to the size and structure of the population.
With 38 deaths from viral hepatitis per million inhabitants, Italy registered the highest rate among the EU Member States in 2016. It was followed by Latvia (31 deaths per million inhabitants) and Austria (21).
At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest rates were recorded in Slovenia and Finland (both with 1 death per million inhabitants), Czechia and the Netherlands (3 each).
In Cyprus the rate per million of inhabitants was seven which together with Poland was the 12th highest in the EU 28.