Acting Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel Ghafar announced at the annual Iftar hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that vaccination rates in Egypt had increased significantly, adding that 54.8 percent of its population had received three doses of the antiviral vaccine.
He also said that Egypt has gone through difficult circumstances over the past two years to deal with the coronavirus crisis and has been able to strike a balance between the health of citizens, containing the spread of the virus and maintaining the rotation of the production wheel. and economic activity, adding that infections hit their lowest rates in recent days after the country went through five waves of the pandemic.
Furthermore, Abdel Ghaffar pointed out that the health sector in Egypt is diverse and somewhat complex, as there are private sector hospitals, public hospitals, university hospitals and civil society hospitals, saying that they are all capable of meeting the needs of the population.
He also pointed out that 85% of medicines supplied to Egypt are produced by Egyptian companies and the market has not seen any shortage of medicines in recent memory.
The Minister added that the presidential initiative for a decent life launched by the State had a positive effect on the health sector, pointing out that a million citizens who were on waiting lists were treated and that the eggy is one of the countries that has managed hepatitis well. -C virus, pointing out that 10 billion EGP has been allocated to perform 1.1 million surgeries.
In addition, Abdel Ghaffar said that the state health insurance system will be definitely completed within 15 years, which is significant given that some countries take around 50 years to complete such an undertaking. .
He also said that the health sector has seen many reforms over the past period that would encourage the private sector and foreign investors to invest in it, explaining that Egypt has more than 100 million citizens and that it has a population growth rate of 2.5% per year, which encourages the establishment of projects that provide health services.
Furthermore, the minister pointed out that Egypt has increased investments allocated to the health sector by 300% since the 2013/14 financial year, adding that despite this, Egypt has low hospital bed rates per year. capita, reaching 1.4 beds per 1,000 citizens, while the average is 2.7 to 5 beds per citizen, and Japan has 10 beds per citizen.
Furthermore, he noted that Egyptians spend around $1 billion in the medical sector, which means that there are many opportunities for the private sector and investors, starting with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and centers. of radiology, explaining that the government cannot fill the current vacuum. in the health sector alone.
He also revealed that a study is underway on the possibility of cooperating with private sector partners to operate and manage some public hospitals, such as Heliopolis Hospital, adding that some famous public hospitals, such as the Coptic Hospital and Agouza Hospital, are suffering great losses despite the great potential they have.
For his part, Tarek Tawfik – Speaker of the American Chamber in Cairo – said that the demand for health services is increasing given the high rates of population increase and that the population is expected to reach 130 million people in the next few years. years, calling on regional and international investors to consider investing in this vital sector.
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