Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has stressed the need for daily coordination between the Ministries of Health and Higher Education and Scientific Research regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Egypt.
The coordination will also include the head of the Egyptian Consolidated Purchase and Medical Supply Committee, and the head of the Egyptian Medicines Authority.
Madbouly’s directive for regular cooperation between the two ministries was given during a meeting on Tuesday regarding the latest coronavirus updates. The meeting was held in the presence of Minister of Health Hala Zayed and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghafar.
Madbouly also ordered the two ministers to fully coordinate to facilitate the provision of intensive care rooms and ventilators for the critical cases. He further affirmed the importance of activating the hotlines that provide service to citizens.
He also emphasised the necessity for providing all required medical supplies and medicines to the country’s hospitals.
On Tuesday, Egypt reported 1,567 new coronavirus cases, and 94 new fatalities. The total number of confirmed cases has now reached 47,856, with 1,766 fatalities. A total of 12,730 cases have recovered and been discharged from quarantine facilities at hospitals.
The Tuesday ministerial meeting emphasised the importance of expanding follow-up services for chronic and non-communicable diseases in Ministry of Health hospitals and university hospitals, according to cabinet spokesperson Nader Saad.
Saad added that Prime Minister Madbouly stressed the need for vehicles that will follow up on medical conditions and dispense drugs for patients. These vehicles will also provide check-ups for medical staff.
Saad also said that the meeting highlighted the importance of linking Ministry of Health hospitals and university hospitals with the ministry’s Central Chamber database. This would ensure the rapid transfer of patients between the two systems.
Moreover, Madbouly affirmed the need to create link the database of vacant beds at higher education hospitals to the Ministry of Health’s database. Once the information is made available to the Ministry of Health and ambulance services, this would facilitate and speed up the transportation of patients and critical cases to healthcare facilities.