Egypt’s health ministry provided services to over 2 mln patients with respiratory diseases in 2022

MENA , Friday 31 Mar 2023

The Egyptian Health and Population Ministry announced on Friday that it provided medical assistance to over 2 million patients suffering from respiratory illnesses in 2022.

Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar
Health Ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar during the event in Cairo.

The patients received treatment from 33 hospitals and 131 specialized clinics across the country.

The announcement was made during a press conference held on World TB Day, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Association against Smoking, Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases. The event, titled "Yes! We can end TB!", celebrated the progress made in fighting tuberculosis in Egypt.

Dr. Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din, Presidential Advisor for Health and Prevention Affairs, praised the efforts of chest disease hospitals and the measures taken by the Egyptian government which resulted in an 88 percent increase in the number of patients treated for respiratory diseases in 2022.

Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, spokesperson for the Health Ministry, emphasized the importance of international cooperation in the fight against tuberculosis. He revealed that the guidance documents for combating TB were updated in collaboration with the World Health Organization, and that chest physicians received training on the updated guidelines in various governorates through two training programs.

Abdel-Ghaffar also mentioned a training program implemented to combat TB, COVID-19, and other respiratory diseases for trainees from eight African countries, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency. He added that this program serves as an extension of training for workers in TB control programs in the Eastern Mediterranean region, which has been ongoing for 12 years.

The Health Ministry's efforts in providing medical services to millions of respiratory disease patients in Egypt have been commendable. The cooperation with international organizations and the implementation of training programs have also been instrumental in the fight against tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases in the country.


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