Min. of Health orders investigation into absence at Masreyeen hospital
Health Minister Adel al-Adawy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Minister of Health and Population Adel Adawy ordered investigation into the absence of Giza’s Om Al-Masreyeen Hopistal management staff on the new Cabinet’s first day work, which should have started by 7:00 a.m.

President Abdel Fatah al- Sisi ordered Tuesday the new cabinet ministers to be on their desks at 7:00 a.m. Adawy was sworn in as the new Minister of Health Saturday, as part of the new Cabinet formed by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab .

Mahlab and Adawy made a series of sudden visits on the Cabinet’s first day work to ensure that patients are getting appropriate medical services at hospital but nothing went according to the intended plan. Many hospital employees blame on the disorder over the past three years, which probably had a direct influence on Egypt’s health sector.

Mahlab assigned the Ministeries of Health, Higher Education, and Planning to form a committee to develop emergency departments in Egypt’s hospitals to be ready before the holy month of  Ramadan. He said the ministry is prioritising issues regarding emergency and ambulance services, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

As a part of his effort to ensure that patients receive good medical care in Egypt’s hospitals,  Mahlab picked Tuesday to visit Nasser Institute and Qasr Al-Aini hospital without previous announcement. He was accompanied by Minister of Health Adel Adawy and ordered that a committee be formed to immediately investigate cases of gross negligence in the different departments of the Qasr Al-Ainy Hospital, according to the official Facebook account for the Egyptian Cabinet.

“Facing such irregularities at the hospital, which is affiliated to the faculty of Medicine at Cairo University, will be on top of duties for the new Minister of Higher Education to accomplish,” Mahlab stressed in the statement issued on the Cabinet’s official Facebook account.

“A plan has been outlined to provide citizens with safe treatment and that any patient should be given the best possible care regardless of their financial status,” Adawy said Tuesday, according to Ahram gate website.

Mahlab went for a surprise visit to the hospital belonging to Al-Azhar University on May 25. He had expelled its director Mostafa Abdel Salam and his deputies for “gross negligence” and promised to turn it into an exemplary hospital in 30 days.

On June 11, Heba al-Ayouti, 35, died after a fatal mistake by a doctor, who injected her with caustic material formalin instead of ICCM (Iodine-containing contrast medium), radiographic dye uses to scan ovaries, according to Youm7. This fatal mistake was by a radiologist doctor at Maadi’s Nile Badrawy hospital, who meant to scan her ovaries but injected her with a chemical that damaged her internal organs and leaving her in pain for days before her death.

On March 31, talented Egyptian scriptwriter Nadine Shams died at the age of 41 in a hospital due to its negligence. She initially went to remove a cyst from her uterus and hoped to recover but died due to medical negligence.

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