72 million Egyptians seek medical services offered through presidential initiatives

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CAIRO – June 23, 2022: The Ministry of Health and Population said on Thursday that the number of citizens who have sought services offered through different presidential health care initiatives stands at 72 million, and that these made a total number of 101,498,747 visits to medical institutions across the country. .

Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said these initiatives, launched gradually since 2018, have played a central role in the early diagnosis of many diseases. In addition, the death rate among hypertensive patients fell by 32.6%, or 41,358.

Abdel Ghaffar pointed out that the annual new cases of hypertension cause a loss of 0.88% of the GDP, which is equivalent to 2.2 billion dollars. Now the percentage is down to 0.6%, which equals $1.5 billion.

The Ministry of Health and Population announced in April that 23,906,809 women had been screened for breast cancer, hypertension, diabetes and obesity since the Women Health Initiative launched in July 2019.

The service is available to women over the age of 18 in 3,538 health care units and 114 hospitals nationwide. As for people diagnosed with breast cancer, they can benefit from free care in 14 university hospitals and 14 centers affiliated with the Ministry of Health and Population.

In a similar context, Gamal Essmat, a member of the National Hepatitis Virus Control Committee, said on a conference call in March that some former hepatitis C patients had developed cirrhosis of the liver, which at in turn increased cases of liver cancer.

That is why, after Egypt led a national campaign for the early diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C, offering free treatment to all citizens in need, the focus is on tracking people suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.

The official pointed out that early diagnosis of liver cancer makes the survival rate 90%. Commenting on the launch of the initiative aimed at the early diagnosis of liver cancer on Sunday, Essmat explained that every four months the patient with cirrhosis of the liver will undergo a urtlasound and blood tests in order for the diagnosis to be made and a free treatment is provided. Such treatment comes in the form of hepatectomy and heat radiation.

Regarding children, the Ministry of Health and Population announced earlier in April that 10,837,000 elementary school students have been screened for anemia, obesity and stunting since the start of the 2021 school year. /2022.

The ministry noted that the target for the year is 15 million Egyptian and non-Egyptian students studying in 29,444 private and public elementary schools in the country.

Screening is carried out by measuring the weight, height and hemoglobin level in the blood, so in the event of malnutrition being diagnosed, the medical team offers the patient an appropriate dietary plan.

In August, Minister of Education and Technical Education Tarek Shawky reported that eight million Egyptian children suffered from anemia due to the consumption of non-nutritious foods. He added that school meals would be personalized to suit children’s health conditions, as those with anemia or stunting would be offered different meals.