In Photos: Egypt's Qasr El-Aini Hospital begins performing robotic surgeries

Ahram Online , Saturday 27 Aug 2022

Qasr El-Aini University Hospital, which is affiliated with Cairo University, has used a robot to perform advanced surgeries - free-of-charge - for patients with renal failure disease, a first.

 Egypt s Qasr Al-Aini hospital


"The robot, which cost EGP 45 million ($2.3 million), is the first to provide services free of charge at the university hospital," wrote President of Cairo University Mohamed Othman El-khosht on his Facebook page on Friday.

"The robotic surgery provides an opportunity to hundreds of thousands of patients, especially for the treatment of unpostponable tumor cases," El-khosht added.

Qasr El-Aini Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country, is keeping abreast of the latest developments in oncology surgery, he stressed.

He noted that the hospital treats more than a thousand patients with cancer and kidney tumors annually.

Egyptian hospitals have recently started using robotic technology in surgical operations and various medical procedures.

In October 2021, doctors at Ain Shams Specialised Hospital used robotic technology for the very first time in three gallbladder removal operations.

In June 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, an isolation hospital in the city of Tanta tested Cira-03, a prototype of a humanoid robot that was developed by the Egyptian engineer Mahmoud El-Koumi, to facilitate communication with patients. Equipped with a camera and a microphone, Cira-03 helps medical providers communicate with patients in the course of several medical procedures - such as drawing blood samples and measuring temperatures - by displaying results to patients on a screen attached to their chest.

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