Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population, said that managing the emerging corona virus crisis in Egypt was the best among the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region, stressing that Egypt is fully prepared to face any second wave of the emerging corona virus (Covid-19). As a result of the accumulated experiences and lessons learned from the first wave.
This came during the press conference, which was held this evening, Tuesday, after the end of the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, in the presence of Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population, Chairman of the 67th session of the Regional Committee, and Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and Dr. Richard Brennan, Director of Regional Health Emergencies, WHO Regional Office.
The minister explained that the management of the Coronavirus pandemic in Egypt is the state administration gathered through the Crisis Committee and the Medical Committee headed by the Prime Minister, as well as solidarity between all state institutions, pointing to the political leadership providing all means of support to confront the pandemic.
With regard to the distribution of Coronavirus vaccines as soon as their effectiveness is proven, the minister revealed that the priority will be for medical staff and health workers, in addition to the elderly and pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, and immunodeficiency diseases, while ensuring the protection of all citizens, referring to cooperation with the World Health Organization. To operate line 60 in Vacsera in cooperation with the Chinese company Sinovac to manufacture the Coronavirus vaccine, as soon as it is proven effective.
The Minister affirmed that the Ministry is ready to receive the winter season, noting that more than 45 hospitals have been developed within the fever and chest hospitals nationwide, and the rest of the hospitals are being developed, explaining that these hospitals were the first blocking wall in cooperation with isolation hospitals to confront the pandemic, referring to the increase in the capacity of laboratories. To 61 laboratories nationwide, with an operational capacity of about 30,000 samples per day, and the hotline seats were increased from 500 to 800 seats in both Arabic and English, in order to quickly respond and respond to citizens’ inquiries and reports regarding the Coronavirus.
She also affirmed the continuation of work on presidential initiatives to improve the public health of citizens during the face of the pandemic, including the initiative of the President of the Republic to follow up and treat chronic diseases, which finished examining 9 million citizens and providing free treatment to patients, in addition to examining 8 million women as part of the President’s initiative to support women’s health.
The Minister sent a message to parents of the necessity of maintaining proper nutrition for children and general hygiene, washing hands, and following preventive measures, coinciding with the approaching start of the new school year, in order to ensure the completion of the educational process in a healthy and safe environment.
The Minister thanked all medical staff in the Eastern Mediterranean Region for their efforts and sacrifice of their lives in the face of the pandemic.
For his part, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, thanked President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for his continuous support in the advancement of the system in Egypt through health initiatives inside Egypt, as well as his support for the countries of the region suffering from crises and natural disasters such as the support provided to Lebanon during the accident The port of Beirut, as well as its support for the State of Sudan in the face of torrential torrents and floods, which reflects the spirit of brotherhood and synergy among the countries of the region.
Al-Manzari said that the number of new infections with the Coronavirus in all countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region amounted to more than 2.6 million, and the number of deaths exceeded 66,000 deaths, calling on Eastern Mediterranean countries to continue work and implement national plans regarding the emerging corona virus pandemic and update them regularly, and report data. To WHO strictly in accordance with the International Health Regulations (2005), stressing the importance of preserving the functionality and strength of health systems to effectively respond to pandemic and other diseases, especially during complex emergencies.
It is reported that Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population of the Arab Republic of Egypt, was elected Chairman of the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, which was held for two consecutive days electronically for the first time on the Internet with the participation of health ministers and high-level representatives from 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region At the headquarters of the WHO Regional Office in Egypt, to discuss some health issues, especially the emerging coronavirus pandemic.
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