Aswan Governor Ashraf Attia inaugurated, on Wednesday, the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Aswan University Hospital, which was fully equipped by the Egyptian Cure Bank.
During the inauguration, Attia praised the organisation’s national and social role in upgrading the health system, and working to support government efforts. It has done so by equipping the Aswan University Hospital’s ICU, which will contribute to raising the quality of treatment service provided to Aswan citizens.
“We are racing against time to develop, replace and renovate 11 hospitals and 112 health units, at a total cost of EGP 12.3bn as part of the ongoing preparations for implementing the comprehensive health insurance system among the governorates of the first stage,” he said.
Moez Al-Shuhdy, CEO of the Egyptian Cure Bank, said that the organisation has been working for 10 years to provide free healthcare for citizens who are unable to bear the cost of treatment.
The financing has been procured from members of the community through charitable and health work. Other support has come from the organisation’s strong and lasting partnerships with entities concerned with providing health service from governmental and university hospitals.
Al-Shuhdy added that the intensive care unit is an essential component of any hospital, and can be called the “saving lives of patients” unit. During the past few years, the Egyptian Cure Bank has supported several intensive care units with ventilators and assistive devices, making it the fourth intensive care unit inside Aswan University Hospital.
The Egyptian Cure Bank’s cooperation with the Aswan University Hospital comes as part of the former’s plan to equip and support intensive care departments in government and university hospitals in Egypt’s neediest governorates. The focus is particularly on Upper Egypt, in order to provide the best medical care to patients.
The intensive care unit, which was provided by the Egyptian Cure Bank, serves the 1.5 million residents of Aswan Governorate. It consists of basic equipment for each bed, ventilators, screens for patient follow-up, pump solutions, syringe devices, in addition to 10 electric beds for patients.