Kasr El-Aini hospital (Photo: AL-Ahram)
Egypt’s New Kasr El-Ainy University Hospital, also known as the French Kaser El-Ainy, has been turned into a makeshift isolation hospital on the back of the rising rates of coronavirus cases reported recently nationwide.
According to a statement released on Wednesday by Cairo University, to which the oldest Egyptian educational facility is affiliated, the hospital will serve the university's medical, teaching and administrative staff diagnosed with the coronavirus starting today.
Mohamed Othman El-Khesht, the university president said that the decision was taken upon recommendations by health experts, given the "successful experience" of designating the hospital for the coronavirus isolated cases earlier this year.
Along with other hospitals, Kasr El-Ainy Hospital was designated as an isolation hospital in April, only two months after the detection of the first COVID-19 infection domestically, to free up beds for critical cases at then overwhelmed state-run isolation hospitals.
The country has been recently witnessing a rebound in coronavirus daily cases and deaths after months of reporting low and steady daily tolls.
In mid-December, Egypt passed the 500-case mark for the first time since July. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health recorded 788 new infections — the highest daily toll in almost five months — and 37 fatalities, pushing the total infection tally to 127,061 and death toll to 7,167.
Since February, as many as 247 Egyptians doctors have passed away from the flu-like virus, according to the latest press release issued by the Egyptian medical syndicate.
Earlier this month, Mohamed Awad Tag El-Din, the presidential adviser for health affairs, said the state has allocated EGP 100 billion to confront the repercussions of the coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic, of which EGP 70 billion have been allocated to the health ministry and EGP30 billion to rehabilitate and raise the efficiency of university hospitals.