The Ministry of Health will send convoys across Egypt to provide protective supplies and medicine bags for those in direct contact with coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, Minister of Health Hala Zayed has said.
During a video conference on Friday, Zayed said the medical bags will also be available at medical units located in villages.
The bags will include drugs that fall under Egypt’s treatment protocol for the coronavirus, and which have been approved by the Ministry of Health’s scientific committee combating COVID-19, according to Ministry of Health spokesperson Khaled Megahed.
Megahed emphasised that preventative medicine and basic care sector teams based at health directorates in each governorate will distribute the bags to citizens in direct contact with patients. There is also the option for the bags to be delivered directly to homes, with those cases receiving follow up visits from monitoring and investigation teams.
He added that distributing bags will occur gradually, with the first distributions to be made in Daqahleya, Sharqeya, Giza, Qaliubyia, Ismailia, Minya, and South Sinai governorates. The second phase of distributions will be made to other governorates.
Megahed also said that hospitals will distribute bags including preventive supplies and medicines to coronavirus patients with slight symptoms, and who are subject to home isolation. Their treatment will be according to the protocols based on the health status of each patient.