Doctors mock Egypt PM Mahlab's shock at state of health sector

Ahram Online , Monday 8 Jun 2015

A newly founded Facebook group called 'So that he isn't surprised' posted pictures of filthy bathrooms, broken equipment and cats and sheep in Egypt's public hospitals

Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab visits Cairo's National Heart Institute (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab paid a visit to the National Heart Institute on Saturday where he said he was shocked at its bad conditions, prompting a group of doctors to set up a Facebook page mocking his surprise.

The Facebook page titled “so that he wouldn't be surprised”, details the deteriorating state of Egypt’s public health sector.

The page posted pictures of several of Egypt’s hospitals showing cats and sheep inside, filthy bathrooms, broken equipment, as well as overcrowded rooms.

Doctors in Egypt, led by their syndicate board, held several nationwide strikes in recent years demanding an increase in the state budget devoted to health care from 3.5% to 15%, a call that has been ignored by consecutive governments.  

The page, which was launched shortly after the PM’s statement, has already garnered over 48,000 likes.       

PM Mahlab said on Saturday he was surprised to see that the National Heart Institute lacked medical equipment, and that patients are mistreated.

Following the PM's visit, the armed forces announced it would renovate the heart institute’s clinics, reception and emergency rooms. 

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