Egypt equips North Sinai hospitals with advanced scanning devices to receive injured from Gaza

Ahram Online , Wednesday 6 Dec 2023

Egypt's Ministry of Health and Population announced Wednesday the distribution of 27 medical scanning devices to hospitals across eight Egyptian governorates, including North Sinai, in preparation to receive injured Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians receive treatment at the Shifa Hospital from their wounds caused by an Israeli airstrike. AP


The scanning devices were distributed to hospitals in the following governorates: Cairo, Alexandria, Qena, Assiut, Kafr El-Sheikh, Qalyubia, North Sinai, and Suez, according to Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, the ministry's spokesperson.

Abdel-Ghaffar pointed out that El-Arish and Zuweid central hospitals in North Sinai have been supplied with various mobile X-ray and digital CR imaging devices, as well as C-arm fluoroscopy machines, as part of the medical preparations to receive the injured from Gaza.

Maintenance contracts were issued for mammogram machines in the mobile women's health units, a mammogram machine at Desouk Hospital, and an X-ray machine at the Abbasiya Fever Hospital in Cairo, to ensure the machines' safety and effectiveness in serving patients, Abdel-Ghaffar added.

Moreover, 82 governmental and non-governmental medical facilities with MRI machines have been licensed, Mohamed Al-Nadi, head of the Central Administration for Therapeutic Medicine, pointed out.

On Monday, 23 injured Palestinians from the Gaza Strip arrived at the Rafah border for medical treatment in Egypt, adding to the tally previously announced on 29 November that reached 575 injured Palestinians.

Last week, the ministry launched an initiative to treat 1,000 children wounded in Israel's attack on the strip, in cooperation with Terous Misr Foundation for Development, an NGO, and Nestlé Egypt, a private bottled water brand.

On Sunday, the Qatari government announced that 1,500 Palestinian patients will be transferred from Gaza to Egypt for treatment at the expense of the Qatari ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Turkey and the UAE launched similar initiatives in November.

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