Egypt's health ministry investigates fire at a Kafr El-Sheikh hospital ICU

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Jul 2023

The Ministry of Health and Population has launched a wide investigation into a fire that broke out Tuesday evening in the nursing room of the ICU at Sidi Salem Central Hospital in Kafr El-Sheikh in the northern Nile Delta.

An ambulance
File Photo: An ambulance leaves hospital after a fire broke out in Cairo on February 1, 2023. AFP


According to a statement released on Wednesday, Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said a 68-year-old female patient who was evacuated from Sidi Salem's ICU died of a brain stroke two hours after being transferred to another hospital.

Meanwhile, Kafr El-Sheikh Governor Gamal Nour El-Din declared a state of emergency at the hospital following the incident.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, the governor said an electrical short circuit caused the fire.

For his part, Minister Abdel-Ghaffar said 27 patients were transferred to other hospitals, including Kafr El-Sheikh and Desouq general hospitals, after the fire.

The minister reassured the public that all hospitals in the governorate are fully equipped to meet any emergencies.

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