EGYPT – Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population has initiated 90 free medical convoys across various governorates, from 16 to 30 April As a part of the “Decent Life” initiative by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

The convoys are aimed at border governorates and remote villages, adhering strictly to all precautionary measures.

The convoys offer a comprehensive range of medical specialities, including internal medicine, paediatrics, ENT, orthopaedics, surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, cardiology, dermatology, obstetrics, gynaecology, and family planning. 

Additionally, they provide radiology, medical analysis, and a fully stocked pharmacy. Cases necessitating surgery will be referred to associated hospitals.

Each convoy operates for two days in designated centres or medical units within each governorate. Specifically, seven convoys are set for New Valley governorate and six for Gharbeya.

In Assiut, Red Sea, and Beheira governorates, we’re launching 15 medical convoys—5 in each. Moreover, 32 convoys are scheduled across Aswan, Giza, Qalyubeya, Menoufeya, South Sinai, Matrouh, Damietta, and Sohag, with 4 in each governorate,” Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the ministry’s spokesperson, elaborated.

Mohamed Ghobashi, Director General of Medical Convoys, highlighted the deployment of 21 medical convoys in Sharqeya, Minya, Beni Suef, Fayoum, Qena, Kafr El-Sheikh, and Alexandria, with 3 in each governorate. Additionally, 8 convoys will serve Ismailia, Luxor, Dakahlia, and Cairo, with two in each, plus a single convoy in Suez.

Ministry of Health screens 4.9million students

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Population reported that approximately 4.9 million students have undergone health screenings for early detection of conditions such as anaemia, obesity, and stunting. 

This initiative, targeting primary school students, has been active since its inception in November 2023.

Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the ministry’s spokesperson, stated that the program is designed to screen primary-level students, including both Egyptian nationals and foreign residents. 

The initiative is set to continue until the conclusion of the ongoing academic year, spanning all Egyptian governorates.

Abdel Ghaffar further noted that the initiative includes medical assessments and measurements of weight, height, and blood haemoglobin levels to identify nutritional deficiencies. 

The program also aims to establish strategies to enhance student health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education.

Mohamed Dahi mentioned that students diagnosed with any of the targeted diseases are directed to health insurance clinics for further evaluation and complementary treatment.

Additionally, each student receives a “monitoring card” featuring their details, enabling regular health check-ups and ongoing monitoring through health insurance clinics across all governorates.

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