Update Egypt’s local digest Oct. 18:  Mortuary refrigeration systems break down; rats eat corpses in Sohag

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Mortuary refrigeration systems break down; rats eat corpses in Sohag

Mortuary refrigeration systems three hospitals in Sohag do not work and refrigeration rooms have rats, said parliamentarian Alaa Mazin on Tuesday at the Parliament.

He added that when a forensic doctor arrived to conduct an autopsy on a man killed in a road accident, he found that the body was bitten by rodents, saying “the rats eat the corpses in the hospital refrigerator.”

Early October, Egyptian authority opened an investigation into media reports saying that mortuary refrigeration systems in hospitals in Kafr el Sheikh governorate, Delta, after the doctors found five dead bodies of unregistered migrants, who killed in an illegal migration in Rosetta, decayed.


600K housing units to be built by 2017: PM

A total of 600,000 housing units will be built by 2017, said the Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail during a cabinet on Tuesday.

In February, President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi has ordered that one billion Egyptian pounds ($127 million dollars) have been allocated to build 100,000 housing units.

In September 2014, minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouly said that the ministry would build a total of 150,000 units for middle-income families over two years nationwide. The project will be built in cooperation with the Egyptian Military Engineering Authority (MEA).

Sisi has launched another housing project of building a million housing units for low-income families; the project was subsidized by the government.

The Ministry has received a total of 16,000 units from the MEA in light of carrying out the project of million housing units; The EMA started the project in 2013 after UAE provided Egypt with financial aid allocated to build 50,000 housing units in Egypt for the low-income people and the youth.

In May 2015, former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab delivered housing units to 1,500 low-income families in Cairo’s Badr City.


Gov’t faces illegal immigration with providing job opportunities

Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly annoucned that the government is seeking to provide job oportunities for youth in a bid to confront illegal immigration crisis, in statements to Youm7.

Waly said that the government is facing the illegal practice by building infrastructure and developing impoverished villages aiming to link between youth and their homeland.

She further explained that solution will take time and that cooperation with civil society is necessary in this regard.


Policeman shot dead by conscript after verbal altercation

A conscript shot dead a policeman after the later threatened to punish him by cutting his monthly leave, Youm7 reported.

Both belong to the Special Forces department and were serving in Cairo’s Garden City district when the shooting occurred.

Verbal altercation is believed to have stirred the debate after the victim insulted Conscript Radwan Wanees who grapped his gun and shot the Policeman Osama Abdeen, according to Youm7.

Policeman Sherif Mohamed, who was standing near the shooting, was reportedly injured in his left leg and taken to the hospital for treatment.


118 donkeys skinned, found dead in Kafr el-Sheikh

A total of 118 donkeys were found dead after unknown people ripped their skin from their bodies and dumped them in a conduit in Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh governorate, Youm7 reported.

The dead animals were recovered and were buried under the supervision of the Veterinary Medicine Directorate in the governorate.


Magdy Yacoub to treat child with heart outside chest

Sir Magdi Yacoub, the British-Egyptian cardiothoracic surgeon, annoucned that he will be responsible for the treatment of a rare case of a child born with his heart outside his chest, in TV statements Sunday.

Yacoub, one of the world’s most respected cardiac surgeons, chairs the executive board of the Aswan Heart Center that is in charge of the Centre’s day-to-day operations.


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