Egypt to establish largest organ transplant centre in the Middle East, Africa

Ahram Online , Monday 26 Sep 2022

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi directed the government on Monday to establish the largest organ transplant centre in the Middle East and Africa in Cairo, in cooperation with international companies.

Sisi holds meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, to follow up on efforts aimed at developing the health system in the country.


This organ transplant centre will include an automated database for transplants, patients and donors, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.

El-Sisi’s directives came in a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar following up on efforts to develop the country’s healthcare system.

The centre will be located in Cairo’s new integrated medical city, which is being developed on the premises of the Nasser Medical Institute.

Inaugurated July 1987 in Cairo under the health ministry, the Nasser Medical Institute provides low-cost or free healthcare to more than 450,000 people annually.

During the meeting, Abdel-Ghaffar also reviewed the progress on developing the Nasser Institute Hospital located in the medical city, which has a capacity of 1,200 intensive care beds and 45 operating rooms.

Abdel-Ghaffar also detailed the establishment of the new Om El-Masryeen Hospital, with a capacity of 400 beds, which will provide services to about three million people.

This hospital will be the main hospital for receiving road accident victims in Giza governorate and its suburbs.

Moreover, El-Sisi directed the officials to accelerate the establishment of strategic pharmaceuticals warehouses nationwide to cover the needs of current and future need of medical and pharmaceutical supplies.

These pharmaceuticals warehouses shall be established in accordance with international standards, using the latest technology, the statement said, adding that the pandemic demonstrated the need to boost pharmaceutical production across the continent.

Furthermore, the statement said that El-Sisi directed the government to accelerate the application of financial incentives for medical personnel and the nighttime operation of clinics.

Part of the clinics' revenues will be allocated to doctors and medical staff in a move meant to provide additional incomes for medical personnel to reward their efforts, El-Sisi added.

Recently, the healthcare sector has been witnessing a major exodus of skilled personnel.

From 2019 through March 2022, more than 11,500 doctors resigned from the Egyptian public health sector, the Egyptian Medical Syndicate (EMS) said in a report issued in April 2022.

According to the same report, the average salary of a resident doctor is EGP 3,700 per month (under $190) and the pension of a public sector doctor after 35 years is estimated at EGP 2,300 per month (under $120).

Earlier this year the EMS praised President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s directive to increase the monthly allowances given to medical professionals by 75 percent at a total cost of EGP 2.25 billion, as part of government efforts to support members of the healthcare sector amid the coronavirus crisis.

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