World Bank to lend Health Min­istry $200m for hep­ati­tis C screen­ing: min­is­ter

Al-Sisi opens 30 hos­pi­tals in nine gov­er­norates

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Hagar Om­ran

Min­is­ter of Health Ahmed Emad El-Din Rady said that The World Bank (WB) of­fered to lend his min­istry $200m to as­sist its plan for screen­ing the hep­ati­tis C virus that it is im­ple­ment­ing.

Rady added, at a meet­ing with the Cana­dian Egyp­tian Busi­ness Coun­cil on Tues­day evening, that the WB re­alises the im­por­tance of screen­ing hep­ati­tis C, so it of­fered to loan the sum to the min­istry, not­ing that it will be re­paid in 25 years.

“Screen­ing hep­ati­tis C is very ex­pen­sive. It costs about $370m, which we can­not af­ford on our own,” added the min­is­ter, not­ing that his min­istry aims to screen 15 mil­lion Egyp­tians in 2018.

“Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah AlSisi asked us to im­ple­ment the screen­ing in all gov­er­norates. Since 13 Fe­bru­ary, we screened 500,000 Egyp­tians,” Rady said, not­ing that the Health Min­istry could treat another 1.5 mil­lion hep­ati­tis C pa­tients in one year and a half.

Mean­while, the min­is­ter of health said that the com­pre­hen­sive in­sur­ance sys­tem—re­cently ap­proved by the Egyp­tian Par­lia­ment—will be a pos­i­tive step for­ward be­cause it will cover all Egyp­tians, mak­ing full use of in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ences, mainly those of France and the UK.

“The new in­sur­ance sys­tem will be­gin in the gov­er­norate of Port Said. The po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship will boost the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new sys­tem in line with the Egyp­tian Par­lia­ment’s plan, de­spite the min­istry’s lim­ited bud­get,” said the min­is­ter.

“Pres­i­dent Al-Sisi will open 30 new hos­pi­tals in nine gov­er­norates in the com­ing two weeks,” said Rady, adding that no new hos­pi­tals opened in Egypt be­tween 1997 and 2015.

The min­is­ter noted that the last two years wit­nessed the de­vel­op­ment and open­ing of 72 hos­pi­tals in var­i­ous gov­er­norates.

The min­is­ter of health also said that Egypt is on track to pro­duce drugs for can­cer treat­ment in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a pri­vate sec­tor com­pany, adding, “there is a Rus­sian com­pany that plans to op­er­ate a fac­tory pro­duc­ing can­cer drugs in Egypt.”

Ahmed Emad El-Din Rady

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Egypt

© PressReader. All rights reserved.