Intensive care unit across Egypt full of Covid patients as winter approaches – Middle East Monitor

Medical professionals in Egypt have told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that intensive care units across Egypt are at full capacity amid the country’s Covid crisis.

Several hospitals in Delta and Upper Egypt have increased bed numbers to meet growing demand.

Private hospitals agreed to set a maximum amount they would charge patients so they could play a role in admitting infected patients, but sources say they have increased the cost.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health is currently in turmoil after it was revealed that several health officials are under investigation for bribery and corruption valued at 35 million Egyptian pounds ($ 2.2 million).

Health Minister Hala Zayed suffered a heart attack following news of her arrest and how much she knew is currently being investigated.

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In the meantime, University Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar also heads the Ministry of Health, which calls into question the government’s role in combating the coronavirus.

The sources blame the government for the shortage of beds, which will weigh on oxygen supplies and medicine, and indicate that the government has not responded effectively to warnings of the rapid spread of the Delta variant.

They have also accused the government of failing to provide funding for tests despite being asked to do so and failing to enforce preventive measures such as wearing masks.

At the end of September, the Egyptian medical union announced that 600 doctors had died since the beginning of the pandemic.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Egyptian government has been criticized for corruption and a lack of investment in its own health system, which is on the verge of collapse.

Several health professionals have been arrested and detained for questioning the government’s official death toll, which is believed to be around 13 times higher than advertised.

Egypt ranks fifth worldwide when it comes to underreporting the coronavirus.

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