Egypt mourns death of famous plastic surgeon in Kenya after contracting COVID-19

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Nov 2020

Emara was an extraordinary ambassador of Egyptian medicine in Kenya, the Egyptian Medical Syndicate said

Ashraf Emara
Egyptian plastic surgeon Ashraf Emara hugging two African children (Courtesy of the Egyptian Medical Synciate)

Ashraf Emara, a famous Egyptian plastic surgeon and professor specialized in treating cleft lip has died in Kenya, where he had worked, after contracting coronavirus, the Egyptian Medical Syndicate said.

“The deceased was like an extraordinary ambassador of Egyptian medicine there [at Kenya’s Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital],” the Syndicate said in a statement on Saturday.

“He spread his knowledge and services as the most skilled surgeon for a rare and difficult disease,” the statement added.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has mourned the death of Emara, along with three other senior specialists, who died on the same week due to coronavirus.

“KMPDU urges all doctors to abstain from duties where the work environment is unsafe,” the union said in a tweet.

Hundreds of thousands of health workers have been infected with the novel pandemic around the world, with accurate data on total infections unknown. 

Amnesty International has found according to an analysis in September that at least 7,000 health workers have died globally after contracting the Coronavirus.

Kenya has officially reported 70,245 Coronavirus cases and 1,269 related deaths since the pandemic started, while Egypt has reported a total of 110,767 cases and 6,453 deaths.

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