The Irish Haemophilia Society says the effective eradication of Hepatitis C among its members is a “huge milestone.”

Between 1970 and 1991 a total of 240 patients were infected with Hepatitis C through the use of contaminated blood products for state blood transfusions.

Around 123 of the surviving patients were offered treatment under the HSE’s National Hepatitis C Treatment Programme this year.

The Department of Health reports that the programme has seen a 90% success rate for those who have completed their treatment.

Brian O’Mahony, CEO of the Irish Haemophilia Society said today’s news is a huge step forward for those affected.

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