Egypt prepares hospitals in south to accommodate evacuees from Sudan

Ahram Online , Friday 28 Apr 2023

Egypt has ramped up the preparedness of hospitals in its southern governorates to provide medical support to Egyptians, Sudanese and other foreign nationals fleeing Sudan.

Arqeen crossing
People board a bus after crossing into Egypt through the Arqeen land port with Sudan on 27 April 27 2023. AFP


The move comes as Egypt has been evacuating its citizens from Sudan amid the ongoing clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces that have resulted in the deaths of over 400 people and injured thousands others.

Egypt's Ministry of Health announced on Friday that medical teams have been deployed to air, land and sea crossings to test arrivals from Sudan for infectious diseases.

Each entrant is handed a health monitoring card that includes their residence in Egypt and a telephone number to follow up on their health condition for two weeks from arrival.

The ministry has established a database to track all patients arriving from Sudan and has raised surveillance in quarantine clinics at all land, sea, and air ports nationwide.

The ministry has also increased the number of medical staff and is providing additional medicines and medical supplies at these crossings.

The ministry has stationed five ambulances with self-sterilisation systems at each of the Aqeen and Qustul crossings between Egypt and Sudan. Additionally, the ministry has increased the number of mobile clinics at the crossings from five to 10.

The ministry has also sent additional doctors of all specialties to the hospitals in Aswan and neighbouring governorates.

According to Amr Qandil, deputy minister of health and population for preventive medicine, a total of 35 patients among the arrivals from Sudan have been transferred to hospitals. Two of them are in the intensive care units, while the other 24 have already left the hospitals after their health conditions improved.

The ministry announced that it has vaccinated 487 children under 15 years of age against polio and 197 children under six years of age against measles, mumps and rubella.

The number of preventive medicine teams in Aswan and border areas has doubled, Qandil said, adding that the ministry has taken strict measures to minimise rodents and other disease vectors.

Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on its citizens in Sudan to head to the Egyptian Consulate General in Port Sudan, or the Arqeen or Qustul border crossings.

The ministry has set up an operations room that continues to receive phone calls from citizens at home and abroad around the clock.

As of Thursday, Egypt has taken in over 16,000 foreign nationals, including 14,000 Sudanese citizens and 2,000 nationals from 50 states and six international organisations.

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