Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly decided on Thursday to transfer an Egyptian doctor who lost his eyesight during his work at a quarantine hospital to Cairo's International Medical Centre to be treated at the expense of the state.
Internist Mahmoud Samy, who had joined Baltim isolation hospital, was diagnosed with high blood pressure owing to stress and work pressure which caused an abrupt visual impairment, according to Kareem Mesbah, a board member of the Egyptian Doctors' Syndicate.
The move comes in recognition of the efforts exerted by medical staffs amid the coronavirus outbreak, Madbouly noted.
The prime minister ordered the cabinet's Supreme Medical Committee be briefed on the latest developments in Samy's health condition.
A set of financial incentives has been adopted recently for Egyptian medical staffs as part of the government’s efforts to support members of the healthcare sector amid the coronavirus crisis.
Egypt has allocated several isolation hospitals and hostels nationwide to accommodate coronavirus patients.
Despite lockdown measures imposed in March to contain the spread of the virus, Egypt’s infection tally has continued to surge, surpassing on Tuesday the 10,000 mark, three months after the detection of the first COVID-19 case on 14 February.