Egypt now has a strong health system that guarantees the provision of decent service according to international standards

Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population, confirmed that the package of presidential initiatives launched by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in the field of public health under the slogan “100 million health” in 2018, which provided medical service to more than 90 million citizens, by 108 million visits, contributed to Improving the health indicators of the Egyptian state, noting that Egypt has a strong health system that ensures the provision of decent medical service to all Egyptians with international standards that keep pace with the development that Egypt is currently witnessing in all fields, in conjunction with the “World Health Day” which is celebrated on the seventh of April. each year.

On the “World Health Day”, the Minister of Health and Population thanked all the medical staff at the Ministry of Health, Population and the medical sector, for their efforts exerted in the advancement of the health system in Egypt, as well as their role in confronting the emerging corona virus pandemic, saying: “I express my pride and appreciation that building the health system El Jadida in Egypt is carried out by loyal medical staff who ensure that all patients receive the best level of medical services and health care.

The Minister affirmed the country’s success in eliminating “virus C”, as 70 million citizens from 18 to 60 years of age were examined within 7 months as part of the President’s initiative to eradicate virus C, early detection of non-communicable diseases, and treatment of 2.5 million citizens free of charge.

The minister indicated that the President of the Republic’s initiative to follow up and treat chronic diseases and early detection of kidney disease in June 2020 in conjunction with facing the emerging corona virus pandemic, which targets 28 million citizens over the age of 40 years, through which 25 million and 42 thousand citizens were examined and the necessary treatment was provided. For patients free of charge, the President of the Republic’s initiative to follow-up on new coronavirus patients with home isolation was launched in January 2021, through which more than 102,000 periodic visits were made to patients with home isolation.

The Minister indicated that 12 million 927,559 women over the age of 18 have been examined as part of the President’s initiative to support the health of Egyptian women, since its launch in July 2019, adding that the initiative of the President of the Republic to discover and treat the weakness and hearing loss of newborns, Since its launch in September 2019, about 1.5 million Egyptian children have been examined, and about 736,000 women have been examined as part of the President’s initiative to support maternal and fetal health.

And the Minister of Health and Population added that about one million thousand surgical operations have been performed as part of the President’s initiative to end waiting lists and prevent the accumulation of new lists, since its launch in 2018, and more than 8 million and 200 thousand school students have been examined as part of the president’s initiative for early detection of anemia and obesity. And stunting since last November until today.

The minister emphasized that the political leadership’s interest in citizens ’health was not limited to this package of initiatives, but extended to include the development of the entire health system to meet the aspirations of citizens and achieve sustainable development goals in accordance with Egypt’s Vision 2030, through President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s launch of the comprehensive health insurance system, which was completed. Its application in the governorates (Port Said, South Sinai, Luxor, and Ismailia) within the first phase, and is being implemented in the rest of the governorates, respectively, confirming that this system is the nucleus of a strong health system in Egypt that provides comprehensive health coverage and integrated health care to 100 million Egyptians under a unified insurance umbrella.

The minister pointed to the Egyptian state’s ability to maintain the continuity of providing medical service to citizens in various specialties in parallel with the state’s measures to confront the Coronavirus pandemic, pointing to the precautionary and proactive measures taken by the Egyptian state since the beginning of the pandemic, noting that hospitals have been designated for triage and isolation of infected and suspected cases. In her infection with the emerging corona virus, as well as developing diagnostic and treatment protocols for patients with the emerging corona virus and updating them by the Scientific Committee to combat the emerging corona virus, which has proven effective in the high recovery rate of cases infected with the virus.

The minister added that the state’s efforts to pay attention to the public health of citizens during the pandemic culminated in the provision of Corona virus vaccines, as Egypt began vaccinating medical teams last January, in addition to the elderly and people with chronic diseases receiving the vaccine since last March, as it started yesterday. In the matter of vaccinating workers in major economic sectors and the tourism sector, within the framework of the Ministry’s keenness to balance the continuation of the wheel of the economy and development and preserving the health of citizens.

The Minister pointed out that Egypt has participated in clinical trials of the two vaccines for the emerging corona virus as part of a package of research in the clinical trial in its third phase of the emerging corona virus vaccine (Covid-19) as part of the “For Humanity” initiative in cooperation with the Chinese government and the UAE G42 Healthcare Company, within An integrated package that includes research on potential vaccines for the virus and cooperation in the field of manufacturing if its effectiveness is proven. She also indicated that all the necessary equipment to start manufacturing new Corona virus vaccines is being finalized through the Holding Company for Vaccines and Biological Preparations “Vacira” in cooperation with the Chinese company “Sinovac”.

The Minister also indicated that continuing professional medical education for medical service providers is a very important priority to provide efficient and high quality health care to citizens, and that is why the Ministry sought to develop the scientific and practical capabilities of medical teams by developing a system of training programs and assigning Egyptian doctors to the Egyptian fellowship system. E-learning for the Egyptian Fellowship, to provide training programs for all doctors joining the fellowship, by making training programs available to all doctors in cooperation with international medical education platforms and institutions, noting that the training programs were approved by the Egyptian Fellowship in cooperation with the British Royal College and sending missions for training in the specialties of surgery, internal medicine and emergency. And family medicine, in addition to the conclusion of cooperation protocols with the Harvard Medical School to train physicians on training programs for training of trainers and clinical research. About 1,600 trainees have graduated from the two programs.

The Minister affirmed President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s keenness to extend comprehensive health services to brothers in Africa, noting that the President’s initiative to treat one million Africans from the “C” virus was implemented in 2019 in South Sudan, Chad and Eritrea, as well as providing medical support to a number of The countries of the African continent through the opening of a continuous air bridge in implementation of the directives of the President of the Republic, whereby medical convoys are sent periodically to provide medical service to African citizens in various specialties, as well as medical support in light of addressing the emerging Corona virus pandemic by sending shipments of medicines and medical and preventive supplies periodically .

For his part, Dr. Ahmed Al-Sobky, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Control and Follow-up and Head of the Public Health Care Authority, confirmed during the activities of the second annual conference for universal health coverage, today, Wednesday, which was organized by the Public Authority for Health Care at the Ismailia Medical Complex under the patronage of Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population Since its launch in November 2019, the system has managed to register more than 3.5 million citizens in the governorates of Port Said, Luxor, Ismailia and South Sinai.

Al-Sobky referred to cooperation with the General Authority for Comprehensive Health Insurance and the General Authority for Control and Accreditation to implement the system in the rest of the governorates of the first phase (Suez and Aswan), in addition to working with the Ministry of Health to include the experiences and lessons learned from the operation of the first phase in planning the second phase of the system, which is what It will affect the speed of implementation of the system in the rest of the governorates, according to the directives of the political leadership.

Al-Sobky added that the health facilities affiliated with the Care Authority were able to gain the confidence of the beneficiaries to provide about 4 million medical services, including more than 50,000 surgeries, some of which are ultra-precise surgeries that were performed for the first time outside Cairo, explaining that decentralization in the provision of health services is one of the most important priorities to increase Availability of services and ensuring the achievement of financial protection by reducing indirect expenditures such as the burden of transportation, which represented a major obstacle for the most needy groups in the way of obtaining adequate health care.

He pointed out that the conference coincides with the celebration of the World Health Day in accordance with the agenda of the World Health Organization, under the slogan “Building a healthier and fairer world,” to emphasize the close connection between the concepts of the state’s role in providing care and social justice, and the importance of diligent work to support groups most in need of care for improvement. The health of all citizens without discrimination, a vision that the political leadership has clearly embraced.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Sobky thanked Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population for her full support of the system and her vigorous follow-up to implement it according to the specified time limits, stressing that the objectives of comprehensive health insurance would not have been achieved had it not been for the Ministry of Health and Population planning and building the system on the basis of strengthening the role of primary care units and centers after developing it to become The system’s tool for providing services in both rural and urban areas.

For her part, Dr. Naima Al-Qusayr, the representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, affirmed that achieving universal health coverage is one of the most essential and crucial elements of the World Health Organization, which was clearly emphasized by the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 3.8, which states: “Ensure that all people and societies can be able From the use of the enhanced, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services that they need and of sufficient quality to be effective, including protection from financial risks, access to quality basic health care services, and access to safe, effective, high-quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

Al-Qusayr added that Egypt has clearly defined universal health coverage as a priority goal to reform the health sector in the 2030 Sustainable Development Plan in Egypt, which is based on three economic, social and environmental axes, based on Egypt’s firm belief in the importance of universal health care as pillars of the health system and the only way to reach “Health for all.”

Al-Qusayr also praised the great efforts made by Egypt to confront the Coronavirus pandemic, which required the solidarity of all Egyptian state agencies, and everyone worked around the clock to find a balance between the direct response to the pandemic with planning and working strategically to maintain access to all health services, especially basic, To achieve the principle of the right of everyone to have access to health services, on which the World Health Organization is based.
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