The vice-dean of Cairo University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Hisham El-Saket, passed away on Friday morning due to the coronavirus, according to the president of Cairo University, Othman El-Khosht.
E-Saket, the vice dean for society and environmental affairs, passed away due to complications of COVID-19 at Ain Shams University’s El-Obour quarantine hospital, said El-Khosht.
El-Saket was a renowned paediatric and plastic surgeon. Two weeks ago, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Hala Salah El-Din, announced that at least 17 staff members of the Kasr El-Aini university hospital had contracted the coronavirus, including El-Saket, and were being treated at a quarantine hospital in Cairo.
She did not say how they contracted the virus. El-Saket’s wife has also tested positive for the virus and iscurrently receiving treatment at a quarantine hospital.
Officials from the Doctors Syndicate told the media this week that at least 90 doctors had contracted the virus so far, and five had died.
Egypt has recorded 5,537 cases of the virus to date, including 392 fatalities.