The national hepatitis C treatment programme is to be extended as part of a plan to eliminate the disease in Ireland by 2026, the HSE has announced.

The next phase of the strategy will provide an additional 1,500 people with access to life-saving drugs. The directly acting antivirals (DAAs) offer a cure for hepatitis C in the majority of patients.

Nearly 700 people have been treated for the infection since late 2014.

An estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people in Ireland are chronically infected with hepatitis C, according to the HSE.

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