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CAIRO – 14 June 2018: The non-profit Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 has recently come under the public eye over how the hefty donations received by the hospital are being used.
On Wednesday, Member of the Tourism and Aviation Committee of the Parliament, Ahmed Idris, submitted a briefing to the newly-appointed Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouli; Minister of Health, Ahmed Emad el Din; and Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Wali, seeking inquiry into the allegations that the donations solicited for the hospital are not used as intended.
Luxor-based Orman cancer hospital was also included in the briefing request that demands a public disclosure of charity spending of such hospitals.
“The officials of these hospitals show a great deal of contradiction; they keep asking for donations, while they are spending millions of pounds on advertisements that are aired 24/7 during the holy month of Ramadan when TV viewership becomes at all high,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.
Idris’s move was followed by other presumptive accusations of illegal profiteering levered against the owners of the Children Cancer hospital of 57357 by prominent scriptwriter Wahid Hamid, who accused them of spending donations of the public on advertising instead of spending them on treating cancer patients.
Lawyer Samir Sabry, representing the 57375 hospital, filed a complaint against Wahid’s allegations, which were laid down in an article published in al Masry Al Youm’s online portal, and accused him of spreading false rumors.
In his complaint, Sabry argued that in order for the officials of the hospital to raise funds they have to make advertisements that encourage people to donate.
Founded in 2007, 57357 Hospital is considered one of the world’s biggest hospitals that offer free treatment to cancer patients; the hospital runs completely on donations.
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