Egyptian ministry showcases disabilities eligible for free medical care



Sun, 09 Apr 2023 - 02:23 GMT


Sun, 09 Apr 2023 - 02:23 GMT

CAIRO – 9 April 2023: The Ministry of Social Solidarity showcased in a statement Sunday the types of disabilities that are eligible for free medical care at affiliate units distributed nationwide by showing the integrated services card.


Those are blindness, hearing loss, cerebral palsy, poliomyelitis, quadriplegia, dwarfism, severe mental disabilities, longitudinal paralysis, lower hemiplegia, severe muscle atrophy, amputation, and autism.


In a related context, the ministry announced in May that the number of disabled students benefiting from the designated units at public units has hit 12,100.


The ministry-affiliated units had determined the needs of the students through surveys and focus groups, a press statement by the ministry indicated.


As such, the tuition fees of 3,000 disabled low-income students were paid by the ministry, and 1,700 prosthetic devices were provided free of charge. Those consist of wheelchairs, white sticks, assistive listening devices, and laptop computers equipped with screen readers for the blind.


Further, events, attended by 5,600 students, were held to raise awareness on helping disabled colleagues.


Most importantly, 17 sports and entertainment camps were held so as they included activities like blind football, wheelchair race, handball, tennis, music playing, and singing.


Simultaneously, workshops on handicrafts, such as decoupage, home accessories, broderie, and crochet, were also held. In addition, 1,670 comprehensive service cards were issued for disabled students to facilitate their access to free-of-charge services offered by the government.



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