Chairperson of Egypt’s General Authority for Healthcare (GAH), Ahmed El-Sobky, visited on Wednesday the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden to explore opportunities for joint cooperation.
The visit came as part of an Egyptian health delegation’s tour that aims to learn about the advanced healthcare system in Sweden, exchange experiences, and discuss ways and areas of joint cooperation.
El-Sobky was accompanied by Håkan Emsgård, the ambassador of Sweden to Egypt, and Ambassador Ahmed Adel Sobhi, Egypt’s ambassador to Sweden, and members of the Egyptian diplomatic mission.
GAH’s chief said that the Karolinska University Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in Sweden, with a capacity of 1,200 beds, and it also has a large research centre, pointing out that it is one of the most prestigious and leading medical educational institutions in the world.
El-Sobky added that it was agreed to take serious measures between the Egyptian and Swedish sides for twinning the departments of intensive care, critical cases, and heart surgeries at the Karolinska University Hospital with the corresponding departments in the hospitals of the GAH in Egypt, including Al-Nasr Hospital in Port Said, and the Emergency and Microsurgery Hospital in Abu Khalifa, Ismailia.
He revealed that a twinning agreement was reached between the Karolinska University Hospital and the Sharm El-Sheikh International Hospital affiliated to the authority, within the framework of the project to raise efficiency and the ongoing developments of emergency departments and intensive care at Sharm El-Sheikh International Hospital, within a medical plan for COP27.
According to a statement from the GAH, the two parties agreed to benefit from the Swedish expertise and the centres of excellence for the treatment of oncology patients and organ transplantation located at the Karolinska University Hospital, as well as cooperation for training and continuing medical education for health service providers in various medical specialities online, and remote consultations.
El-Sobky’s trip to Sweden included visiting the Swedish Ministry of Health, during which he met with a number of high-ranking officials, as well as senior officials of the Swedish Corporation for the Health Sector (SWECARE), officials of the National Board of Healthcare and Welfare, as well as a number of senior officials and investors of leading Swedish companies in the medical and health technology sector.