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SHEBIN EL KOM, Egypt, Sept 19, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has opened Shebin El Kom Military Hospital in Menufia on Wednesday.

Addressing the gathering at the opening ceremony, Health and Population Minister Hala Zayed highlighted the ministry's projects, foremost among which the first stage of the comprehensive health insurance programme that will end the patients' waiting lists, as well as the anti-Hepatitis C initiative.

Ending patients' waiting lists is one of the directives given by president Sisi to the Health Ministry, Zayed said, adding that the ministry has succeeded to put an end to waiting lists of patients who need surgeries, whose number was estimated at 17,888 cases at the university and Health Ministry hospitals.

Sisi's directives aim at fostering coordination among all health care outlets including those affiliated to the ministry, university hospitals , the Armed Forces, police, civil society or the private sector, she noted. Wednesday.


Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki, House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel Aal and other senior officials are attending the opening ceremony.

CAIRO, Sept 19 ,2018(MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has arrived in Menufia Wednesday morning to open Shebin El Kom Military Hospital, which is considered a medical edifice that serves military men as well as civilians , Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said.

The new state-of-the-art hospital is supplied with the latest medical equipment.

The hospital includes a building for outpatient clinics and is considered a quantum leap in terms of the medical services being offered to residents of Delta governorates, the spokesman said.

CAIRO, Sept 18, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Minister of Health Hala Zayed said Tuesday her ministry formed a technical committee to tackle the death of three patients at a kidney dialysis unit in Dyarb Negm city hospital in Sharqiya governorate.

In a meeting held by the House of Representatives health committee on Tuesday, the minister said the committee will refer a report to the public prosecution being the only party entitled to reveal the cause behind the death of the patients.

Minister Zayed said her ministry sent panels to Dyarb Negm hospital to probe the cause of the deaths and review the measures taken by the company in charge of maintaining the kidney dialysis unit.

The minister said the committees took water and blood samples to analyze them with the aim of preparing initial reports.Twelve people suffered health problems in the same unit.



CAIRO, Sept 17 , 2018 (MENA) - The parliament's health committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday to hear the statement of the Health Minister Hala Zayed on the death of three patients at a kidney dialysis unit in Sharqiya's Deyarb Negm Central Hospital.

In a statement on Monday, the parliament said that the minister will answer the questions of lawmakers on the incident which left three patients dead, while 12 others suffer from cases of severe fatigue and fainting after undergoing dialysis sessions. 

By Amina Abdul Salam

Egypt, as one of countries of the World Health Organisation's Eastern Mediterranean Region, signed a Universal Health Coverage (UHC2030)s Global Compact during the Ministerial meeting on universal health coverage held in Salalah, Oman, from September 3 to 5.

Egypt's Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Ahmed el-Soubaki, speaking on behalf of Dr Hala Zayed, the Minister of Health, said Egypt was the first country in the region to apply a health insurance system in 1964.

He said that Egypt had succeeded in getting rid of a number of illnesses, such as schistosomiasis, polio, malaria and tuberculosis. And it was currently eradicating the hepatitis C virus (HCV).

The signing of the UHC2030 Global Compact demonstrates a high level of commitment to take action for progress towards universal health coverage by all countries of the region.

It means that signatories and their governments are committed to work together to accelerate progress towards UHC through building an equitable, resilient and sustainable health system.



By Amina Abdul Salam

Psychiatric, neurology and haematology units have recently opened at Shatbi Children’s University Hospital, Alexandria.

The hospital came to the attention of the Misr el-Khair Foundation which supports government and university hospitals. The inauguration was attended by Alexandria Governor Abdel Aziz Kunsoua, the President of Alexandria University, Dr Essam el Kurdi, and Director of the Preventive Medicine sector at Misr el-Khair Mohamed el Sherbini.

The inauguration included the screening of a documentary film on the work progress at the hospital. There was also an inspection tour of the neurology and haematology units for which 62 beds had been purchased to serve 2,600 patients annually.

"The health service is the most important facility available to citizens and we are exerting more effort to upgrade it for the Alexandria Community," said Governor Kunsoua.

Dr el-Sherbini said that supporting the Shatbi Hospital was in line with the development plan for the health sector and the work progress at the hospital had cost LE5 million.

Dr el-Kurdi said that co-operation between the society and university hospitals is indicative of the important role played by university hospitals in serving thousands of people in Alexandria and the neighbouring governorates.

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