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CAIRO, August 15, 2018 (MENA) - Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli underlined that upgrading health and educational services come at the top of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's agenda.

He made the remarks while chairing a ministerial committee on the national project for all-out health insurance.

The ministers of military production, investment, planning, higher education, finance, local development, health and communications attended the meeting.

Madbouli said the comprehensive health insurance project is one of the most important national projects, noting that the ministerial committee will be closely following up the project and removing any obstacles facing it.

Health Minister Hala Zayed said members of the three authorities to be in charge of the project were already selected.

Madbouli gave directives to swiftly secure temporary premises for the three authorities until moving to their permanent premises in the new Administrative Capital.

He underlined the importance of civil societies' contribution to securing good health services in line with President Sisi's directives.

By Amina Abdul Salam

Excessive sweating causes a real problem for many men and women, according to the nature of the body and the foods that are eaten.

Many studies show the best way to avoid excessive sweating is to have a balanced diet and drink a lot of water to maintain good control of the body’s temperature.

Dr Ahmed el-Ghundi, Consultant in Nutrition, recommends an intake of whole grains, low-fat milk, almonds, green tea, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. This is the key to maintaining the body’s balance and avoiding excessive sweating.

"There are foods,” he says, “ that make us sweat immediately after ingestion.”This happens for different reasons. Some foods temporarily increase the rate of metabolism, leading to the burning of more calories. Some other foods make you feel warm.

It is also important to note that sweating will not lead to weight loss. Eating too many foods that make you sweat will not cause fat loss.”
Dr el-Guundi pointed out that sweating occurs after eating or while eating, because of hot drinks and spicy food, which lead to a boost in the internal temperature.

He said that spicy food and hot drinks may cause sweating at night before bed time. For example, caffeine stimulates the sweat glands and onion and garlic and food rich in spices as well as dairy products contribute to sweating as well as a bad smell. But obviously, sweating is a normal function of the organism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Amina Abdul Salam

It is difficult to enjoy strong, healthy teeth if there is a lack of calcium in the body. A calcium shortage causes much damage, but this is preceded by some warning symptoms.

Dr Amr Bahaa Eddin, Consultant in Teeth Implant, stresses the importance of calcium to tooth health. Some clues as to tooth health show up on the teeth when some become dark, and others are light in colour.

He says that in cases when there is a general lack of calcium, the whole body feels lazy and tired. He recommends that if a person notices these symptoms, he should consult a dentist immediately for an examination and blood, calcium, vitamin D and bone density tests as well as an X ray of the teeth to know the areas which suffer from lack of calcium.

He stresses that keeping teeth healthy and preventing decay due to lack of calcium requires exposure to the sun’s rays at specific times: early in the morning and after 4pm, to activate vitamin D in the body which is responsible for the absorption of calcium.

He also urges an intake of food rich in vitamin D and calcium, such as milk and yoghurt, as well as food rich in omega-3, such as tuna, and broccoli.

A regular follow-up with the dentist is also advisable, especially if the person notices any change in the colours of his or her teeth. In addition, blood, calcium and vitamin D tests should be carried out.

By Amina Abdul Salam

Many women use artificial nails to improve their appearance and many wear them for long periods, which, it turns out, can be very harmful.

Dr Wafaa Allam Eddin, Consultant in Skin Diseases, says that anything that is not natural harms the skin and nails. Nails, like any organ in the body, need care.

They need vitamins. Using artificial nails, however, creates a barrier between one’s natural nails and external factors such as sunlight, which supplies the skin and nails with vitamin D. In addition, oxygen is very important for the health of the nails.

Dr Allam Eddin said that poor brands of artificial nails can cause multiple infections of the fingers. In addition, the glue used may cause eczema and create a wet environment between the natural and the artificial nails which leads to redness and continuous itching. Artificial nails should be used for a limited time only and they must be a good kind to prevent damage to natural nails.

In order to keep your nails healthy, Dr Allam Eddin says that it is extremely important to keep cleaning your nails, especially if there is an entire layer covering your real nails. Use a soft bristle brush under and around the nails to clean hard dirt.

Then use a cotton swab with some alcohol to clean around the cuticles and under the nails. She said that dry nails can break easily so a neutral oil, such as rapeseed oil, can be used to keep them moisturised.

She said that some hospitals don't allow employees to wear artificial nails due to the risk of giving patients an infection.

She also warns that the glue used to stick on the artificial nails can thin the natural nails, making them weaker. Chemicals in the products used to apply artificial nails can also irritate the skin around the nails and elsewhere.

 

In the eye of the storm

By Ramadan A. Kader

It all started when the family of a man, who had died at a government-run hospital, discovered that his cornea had been removed. The grief-stricken family said the cornea had been removed without their consent, and vowed to sue the Cairo-based hospital where the man had been treated for a heart problem before his death.

The incident has sparked a heated debate among lawmakers, legal experts and medical professionals.

Some parliamentarians have filed queries to the government and decried the hospital’s act as unconstitutional and unlawful.

“Article No 60 of the constitution stipulates that the human body is scared. Attacking, disfiguring or mutilating it is a crime punishable by the law. Trading in human organs is prohibited. Conducting any medical or scientific experiment on it without a free, documented consent is not allowed,” said MP Sherine Farag, one of the MPs who filed queries on the incident.

She cited in media remarks a law issued in 2010 that makes donation of human organs hinges on a written consent. Violators are liable to jailing and a hefty fine.

However, some medical experts have disputed the argument and defended the Kasr el- Eini Hospital where the cornea had reportedly been harvested.

“The law allows the removal of the cornea from the recently deceased people without the need to return to the family because the removal does not disfigure the body,” Dr Abdul Hamid Abaza, an ex-member of an organ transplant committee, said.

“The Kasr el-Eini Hospital did not act unlawfully by removing the cornea of a man, who died inside it, without permission from his family,” Dr Abaza told private newspaper Al Masry Al Youm.

He added that Egypt has a severe shortage of corneas due to scant donations, prompting their importation at phenomenal costs. “Cornea banks at Cairo and Ain Shams universities have recently closed down due to donor shortages.”

For his part, Dr Fathi Khudeir, the dean of the Kasr el-Eini medical school to which the hospital is affiliated, said the centre did not act illegally.

“The law allows the hospital to obtain the outer part of the cornea without permission of the dead’s family,” he told the same paper.

“There are long lists of patients waiting for corneal transplants. Our hospital treats for free patients, who cannot bear the cost of such cases. The matter is now in the hands of the prosecution that will make the final say.”

Whatever the prosecutors’ decision, the controversy has prompted non-governmental groups to launch pro-donation campaigns.

Some campaigners have gone online, declaring willingness to donate their organs after death in an attempt to encourage others to follow suit.

 

MAKKA Al MUKARRAMA, August 3, 2018 (MENA) – The Health Ministry announced late Thursday the first death case among the Egyptian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia after he was admitted to Ajyad Hospital in Makka Al Mukarrama.

A fifty-six year old pilgrim Galal Saad Marzouk has passed away due to a heart attack, head of the Hajj medical mission Mohamed Shawki said.

The medical mission's emergency room is coordinating with authorities concerned to issue his death certificate, he added.

 

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