Egypt’s Minister of Health Hala Zayed announced that free medical services and treatment were provided to 125,663 citizens through 133 medical convoys across the nation during October.
These convoys come as part of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s “Decent Life” initiative, which aims to provide free medical services to citizens in remote and deprived areas who have difficulty accessing health services.
Ministry of Health Spokesperson Khaled Mogahed said that 1,065 clinics took part in the convoys, performing a total of 20,663 blood, parasite and radiation analyses. This took place in addition to about 28,813 health education seminars, which were held to raise health awareness among citizens.
Mogahed added that 1,599 cases were transferred to hospitals for surgical operations, and were treated at the expense of the state and health insurance provisions.
Wafaa Al-Sadiq, Director General of Medical Convoys at the Ministry of Health, said that the convoys aim to provide medical service assistance to the elderly, children and people with special needs.
She also said that medical examinations were carried out on 13,382 citizens in Aswan Governorate; and 5,841 citizens in Assiut Governorate; 6,253 in Alexandria; 1,653 citizens in Ismailia; 3,351 citizens in Luxor; 1,459 citizens in the Red Sea; 10,303 citizens in Beheira; 5,301 in Giza; 6,244 citizens in Daqahleya; 922 in Sharqeya; and 4,000 in Gharbeya.
Al-Sadiq added that the service was also provided to 3,924 citizens in Fayoum; 8,983 citizens in Cairo; 2,852 citizens in Qaliubiya; 5,638 citizens in Menoufiya; 6,095 citizens in Minya; 3,616 citizens in the New Valley; 8,922 citizens in Beni Suef; and 1,632 in South Sinai; 6,136 citizens in Damietta; 6,322 in Sohag; 4,087 citizens of Qena; 4,325 citizens of Kafr El-Sheikh; and 2,168 citizens in Matrouh.
In July 2019, President Al-Sisi launched the ‘Decent Life’ initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, to provide assistance to 32 million people living in underprivileged villages across Egypt.
Medical teams will visit villages and offer medical assistance and surgical operations to those who need it. People with physical disabilities will be provided with prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and crutches.