The Egyptian Cure Bank has provided support for 65 university and governmental hospitals, as well as charitable clinics with a donation worth EGP 54m.
The finance will go towards modern medical devices, medicines, and medical supplies. The bank has also set up 164 medical convoys to provide the medical needs in the poorest areas in Egypt, and undertake over 11,000 surgeries for those unable to pay.
This is in addition to providing more than 8,000 eye surgeries, as well as prescriptions dispensing services, x-rays, and analyses for those who were unable to pay the fees.
In addition, the Egyptian Cure Bank has inaugurated the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Reception and Emergency Department at Minya University Hospital. The inauguration took place in the presence of: Mostafa Abdel Nabi, President of Minya University; Osama El-Qadi, Governor of Minya; Moez El-Shahdy, CEO of the Egyptian Cure Bank; and Tamer Younes, member of the Executive Board of Directors at Procter and Gamble (P&G) Egypt.
The bank fully equipped the unit in cooperation with P&G and the British Charitable Fund, where it participated in increasing the number of ICU beds at Minya University Hospital, providing: 10 intensive care beds with eight respirators; 10 electric care beds; five air mattresses; and 10 monitoring devices.
P&G contributed about 60% of the cost of the unit, whilst the British Charitable Fund contributed to the cost of the monitor equipment.
Abdel Nabi praised the role of civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in contributing to supporting and improving the health sector across Egypt, especially the role played by the Egyptian Cure Bank.
For his part, El-Qadi expressed his appreciation for the role played by the bank in serving health institutions nationwide. He highlighted the Egyptian Cure Bank’s work towards providing an integrated system of free healthcare for citizens who are unable to bear the cost of treatment.
Al-Shuhdi said that the cooperation and support of university hospitals comes as part of the bank’s plan to equip and support intensive care departments in government and university hospitals in the neediest governorates. This focuses particularly on the Upper Egypt region, with the aim of providing the best medical care for patients.
He said that an integrated ICUs was recently equipped at the Aswan University Hospital. Previously a total of 12 ICUs in university hospitals were equipped with respirators and support devices for intensive care rooms in the governorates of Cairo, Sharqeya, Daqahleya, Fayoum, Minya, Qena, and Sohag.
Tamer Younes, a board member at P&G Egypt and Head of the External Relations Sector for North Africa, said that the company has been working in the Egyptian market for more than 35 years. He believes in the principle of citizenship and active participation in improving the health and life of people, whilst providing basic health services to all citizens.