Ten people, including one doctor, died on site during the year-long project to dig the canal extension, Egypt’s health minister announced on Thursday during the inauguration of the new waterway.
Adel Adawy did not elaborate on the causes of death but said that scorpion stings, sun stroke, burns, fractures, cuts and chest infections were the most frequent medical issues on site.
The health minister also said that hospitals in Ismailia were put on alert and were well equipped. They were provided with a budget of LE24 million to deal with patients connected to the project.
Additional services such as mobile clinics, ambulances, mobile pharmacies and mobile operation units were also provided, Adawy added.