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Egypt prosecution summons deputy head of Doctors Syndicate Mona Mina for questioning

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Nov 2016
Mona Mina
File Photo: Doctors Syndicate undersecretary Mona Mina (Photo: Courtesy of Egyptian Doctors' Syndicate official Facebook page)

Egypt's Doctors Syndicate announced in a statement on Tuesday that its deputy head and former chairman Mona Mina has been summoned to appear before the general prosecution on Saturday for undisclosed reasons.

Mina is an outspoken proponent of better wages and working conditions for doctors and an advocate for healthcare reform. 

She recently stirred controversy after publicly stating that hospitals in the country have substandard hygiene practices, an assertion that has been backed by the Doctors Syndicate. 

A statement of solidarity with Mina has been signed by over 500 prominent figures and activists as well as a number of professional syndicates following a backlash over her comments.

In 2012, Mina, a long-time leftist activist, became the first woman to become secretary-general of the Doctors Syndicate.

Mina, a founding member of the Egyptian activist group Doctors Without Rights, has also been politically active beyond the scope of her profession, participating in anti-regime protests since the era of former president Hosni Mubarak.

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