Egypt finalising a comprehensive health safety plan for thousands expected to attend COP27

Ahram Online , Wednesday 14 Sep 2022

Egypt is putting in place a broad and comprehensive health safety plan for the thousands who will be attending the COP27, slated to take place in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh in South Sinai 6-18 Novemebr.

Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar
Second from R: Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar at the the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The official page of the Presidency of the Cabinet


The plan includes operating  fixed and mobile clinics at quarantine facilities at airports, at hotels that will host guest delegations, and at conference halls, Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar told the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Egypt has been making round-the clock preparations to host the 27th UN Climate Change Conference that will see the participation of deleagtions from countries around the world, in addition to hundreds of environmental and other NGOs, as well as thousands of individuals.

About 35,000 worldwide have registered on the UN website for COP27, putting the upcoming UN climate change conference in Sharm El-Sheikh on track to possibly become one of the most attended COPs, according to a recent report by the Egyptian Earth's Climate for Sustainable Development Foundation (EC4SDF).

The health safety plan for COP27 includes mobilising ambulances that are equipped with intensive care units to provide emergency medical services, the minister added.

Meanwhile, Sharm El-Sheikh International Hospital (SSIH) will be ready to deal with any cases that require medical attention immediately, will also to receive any patients, he stressed to the Cabinet.

The hospital has been equipped with a cardiac catherisation unit to treat any cases, he added.

In mid-August, the Chairman of the General Authority for Healthcare (GAH) Ahmed El-Sobky had announced that work is underway to upgrade SSIH in order to become the first green medical facility in Egypt and Africa ahead of the COP27. The hospital has been registered as the first Egyptian entity at the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH), an international network of medical facilities using eco-friendly tools, according to El-Sobky.

Abdel-Ghaffar stressed during the Cabinet meeting that all hospitals in the South Sinai Governorate will be ready to receive any medical cases.

He also noted that the ministry has set aside 1.5 million rapid coronavirus test packages to administer to those who request them.

Egypt has continued to see dwindling numbers of coronavirus infections and pandemic-linked deaths, according to recent figures released by the health ministry.

The sharp decline in coronavirus cases in the country has contributed to the decrease in occupancy rates at isolation and triage hospitals affiliated with the health ministry in recent months.

The ministry has recently announced that100 percent of the target population received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, 78.4 percent received a second dose, and 32.3 percent received a booster shot.

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