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Egypt Scales Up Readiness of COVID-19 Isolation Hospitals

Egypt Scales Up Readiness of COVID-19 Isolation Hospitals

Thursday, 3 December, 2020 - 08:00
Men in protective masks wait for the train at a metro station in Cairo. (File photo: Reuters)

Egypt has ramped up efforts to increase the preparedness of the coronavirus isolation hospitals as the country witnesses an exponential upwards curve in COVID-19 infections, announced Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed.

The Minister indicated that private sector hospitals are the Health Ministry’s primary partner in providing medical services to those infected, stressing the importance of uniting all state efforts with the private sector to confront the virus.

She also thanked the health workers for their efforts in serving patients during the pandemic, urging them to provide health care to all coronavirus patients.

The Ministry of Health earlier stated that 98 persons had recovered while 392 new cases were recorded. It also reported 16 deaths over the past 24 hours.

Egypt has officially registered 116,303 virus cases, including 6,666 fatalities and 102,816 recoveries since the start of the pandemic, according to the ministry.

Cairo, Giza, and Alexandria governorates recorded the highest infection rates.

During a meeting with the Chairman of the Health Care Providers Chamber Dr. Alaa Abdel Majeed Masoud, the Health Minister emphasized that the medical sector has been the first line of defense since the beginning of the pandemic.

She indicated that 436 hospitals have been equipped to receive patients, including 22 isolation hospitals.

The meeting discussed the mechanism of work of private hospitals during the pandemic and the updated treatment protocols per the standards of the World Health Organization.

The spokesman of the Egyptian Health Ministry, Khalid Mujahid, said that the meeting also evaluated the medical services provided to coronavirus patients in private hospitals.

He pointed out that the ministry is meeting the needs of these hospitals, noting that all necessary medicines and preventive equipment are being supplied to best serve the country's patients.

Meanwhile, the government held a meeting, chaired by PM Mostafa Madbouly, and announced that it will be taking the necessary steps to provide coronavirus vaccines, including contracting with the Vaccine Alliance Gavi for around 20 million doses.

The cabinet also instructed all medical groups to contract other companies to secure a greater number of vaccines.

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