CAIRO - 6 November 2022: The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population announced a plan for health measures that will be in place during the United Nations Climate Summit (COP27), which Egypt is hosting in Sharm El-Sheikh from 6 to 18 November.
This comes within the framework of the Egyptian state's keenness to provide medical coverage for major events and activities of the summit, covering citizens and the participating delegations from different countries.
Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population, said that the axes of the medical coverage plan at the Climate Summit include (therapeutic services, preventive measures, ambulatory services, hospital services, information technology for health services), as the plan aims to protect conference participants from infection with various infectious diseases.
The plan further includes the protection from exposure to crises and health accidents, provision of ambulance and emergency services in a timely manner, provision of necessary treatment services to conference guests, as well as provision of diagnostic tests and reservation of sick cases in hospitals.
Abdel Ghaffar explained that the ambulance services include allocating 170 vehicles equipped with intensive care units, distributed in the vicinity of the conference halls, and areas for delegations’ residence and movements, in addition to distributing ambulances on the main axes, vital areas, and entry points to South Sinai Governorate.
Abdul Ghaffar added that the emergency system in the conference insurance plan includes self-sterilizing cars to combat infection, rapid intervention cars, marine ambulance launch, golf cars, and electric ambulances, in addition to providing air evacuation service in necessary cases.
Abdul Ghaffar said that the axes of preventive measures to secure the conference include (vaccinations of workers, environmental health and food control work, quarantine, disease vector control work, mobile laboratory to monitor air quality, and work of preventive teams).
More than 18,000 workers in tourist facilities and car drivers in Sharm El Sheikh have been vaccinated with coronavirus vaccines, as well as more than 11,200 hotel caterers against hepatitis A.
Abdul Ghaffar pointed out that 145 hotels were visited to follow up on environmental health work in desalination plants, sewage treatment plants, and the conformity of swimming pools and water tanks to health standards.
Abdel Ghaffar added that the quarantine procedures at airports and entry points in South Sinai Governorate include taking all precautionary and preventive measures aimed at discovering any case infected with infectious diseases, pointing to the debate of arrivals through camera monitoring devices, thermal gates, and temperature measuring devices.
Abdul Ghaffar pointed out that the plan includes the work of controlling mosquitoes and disease vectors through 32 cars loaded with fog devices and 102 preventive teams. He also ensured that air quality will be monitored through mobile laboratory.
Abdel Ghaffar pointed out that teams from preventive medicine and central laboratories were deployed during the conference’s activities to immediately deal with any suspected case of an infectious disease.
And “Abdul Ghaffar” confirmed the recommendation of the participants, through the official website of the conference, that it is necessary to obtain stimulating doses for vaccination against the Corona virus, and to commit to wearing masks, especially in crowded places, or closed halls.
With regard to treatment and hospital services, Abdul Ghaffar indicated that 6 medical clinics were equipped at the conference venue, including 4 clinics in the blue area, two clinics in the green area, 9 rescue teams.
Abdel Ghaffar pointed out that Sharm El-Sheikh International Hospital was equipped with all the medical equipment and manpower necessary to deal with sick cases, adding that 20 evacuation hospitals were equipped in South Sinai, the governorates of the Suez Canal region and Greater Cairo, in addition to allocating hospitals to deal with cases of burns, as well as hospitals dedicated to dealing with cases of infectious diseases and isolating them, confirming the availability of all medical supplies, devices, blood bags and their types in all evacuation hospitals.
Abdul Ghaffar revealed that a field hospital has been equipped for the first time to provide medical coverage during the conference.