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Launched in September 2021, this initiative falls under the broader “100 Million Health” campaign. It aims to provide early diagnosis and treatment for chronic diseases and high-quality health services to all citizens over 40 years of age, according to the ministry’s spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar.
The initiative also targets young people aged 18 and above who have a medical history with chronic diseases.
The initiative offers tests to measure blood pressure, random and cumulative blood sugar levels, blood lipids, kidney tests, and body mass index in 3,601 primary care units nationwide, said Abdel-Ghffar.
Follow-ups are provided based on test results. Patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease are referred to hospitals to receive the necessary treatment free of charge, he added.
Abdel-Ghaffar emphasized that medical teams at primary care units have been trained to use the "early detection device for kidney damage." He urged citizens who suffer from chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, to visit healthcare units and check their health status for free.
According to 2020 figures by the World Health Organization, kidney diseases have caused 21,087 deaths in Egypt, accounting for 3.93 percent of the total number worldwide.