President Sisi gives a speech at the House of Representatives downtown Cairo on Saturday, June 2, 2018, after he swore in for a second term in presidency - Press photo
CAIRO - 26 August 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi directed to swiftly finalize preparations for launching the comprehensive health insurance project, putting into consideration the mechanization of the venture and various State institutions.
He also ordered providing the needed capabilities to equip the hospitals where the health insurance system will be applied.
These remarks came during his meeting with Health Minister Hala Zayed and Director of EL-Galaa Medical Complex Bahaa Eldin Zidan.
President Sisi also directed to examine 50 million people to treat Egyptians of hepatitis as well as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes in order to contribute to early detection of diseases and offer treatment to patients.
Egypt's anti-Hepatitis C initiative is considered the biggest of its kind in the whole world.
Sisi ordered putting an end to the patients' waiting lists of surgeries as soon as possible within the framework of an integrated system, directing to continue the project for three years to avoid any new waiting lists.
The move will also pave the way for the comprehensive health insurance project to be responsible of providing treatment to similar medical cases nationwide, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady.
The meeting took up preparations of mechanizing the national project of comprehensive health insurance in Port Said governorate and the readiness of the hospitals where the new system will be applied.
The get-together also tackled the work progress of the initiative targeting the detection of Hepatitis C in Egypt besides the government's efforts exerted to provide baby milk, overcome medicine shortage and develop pharmaceutical firms nationwide, the spokesman asserted.
The health minister stressed, during the meeting, that outlining technical frameworks of mechanizing the comprehensive health insurance project in Port Said was finalized, noting that the total estimated cost of the system reaches EGP 300 million, Rady reiterated.
Concerning the initiative of detecting Hepatitis C in Egypt, the minister underlined that 1,304 hospitals, health units and youth centers besides mobile clinics have been allocated for the process.
The initiative is scheduled to be implemented in various governorates in cooperation with the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) and State bodies concerned besides the civil society organizations in line with a certain timetable, the spokesman quoted Zayed as saying.
The Health Ministry managed to put an end to 54% of the patients' waiting lists, the minister underscored, adding that the rest of patients will be provided treatment in a short time in line with the president's directives.
Zayed also posted Sisi about the work progress in the project of manufacturing the blood plasma derivatives in cooperation with the Armed Forces, the spokesman said.