Two Azhar surgeons during an operation in Bahariya Oasis, March 2018 - Press photo
CAIRO – 29 August 2018: A medical mission that consists of 13 Egyptian doctors managed to carry out 39 free surgeries to Mauritanian patients in the country’s capital of Nouakchott during the past two days, said Abdel Moneim Fawzi, head of the medical missions’ section in Alexandria University.
In an interview with the Middle East News Agency (MENA), Fawzi said that the surgeries included the removal of a malignant tumor in the kidney of a girl, and a surgery to save a Mauritanian patient from an expected kidney failure.
Mohamed Ahmed Selim, who is in charge of the medical mission, said that a discussion took place concerning the provision of the hospital where the mission headed with required logistics, adding that the issue of receiving Mauritanian patients in Egyptian hospitals were also discussed.
The eight-day mission was launched on Monday. It consists of doctors from Alexandria and Benha universities.
CAIRO – 22 March 2018: The ministers of foreign affairs and aviation are working on establishing a mechanism to issue medical tourism visas to foreign patients, for the first time in the country, an official source said.
Recently, Egypt has been very keen on promoting medical tourism as a source of foreign currency. In March, an official said that the ministers of foreign affairs and aviation are working on establishing a mechanism to issue medical tourism visas to foreign patients, for the first time in the country.
In August, the German-based Temos International Healthcare Accreditation granted the Saudi German Hospital in Cairo its accreditation, which means that the hospital is ready to internationally compete in the field of medical tourism.
In July, a medical convoy was sent to South Sinai upon instructions from the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, based on the humanitarian and social role played by Al-Azhar in Egypt and abroad.
The convoy included 20 physicians from the Faculty of Medicine at Al-Azhar University with various specializations, including otolaryngology, dentistry, pediatrics, dermatology, orthopedics, urology, gynecology and anesthesiology, according to state-owned Akhbar al-Youm.
The mission managed to conduct 90 surgeries in six days.
While in Chad last April, Al Azhar's medical convoy conducted 375 surgeries and checked more than 24,000 patients for free.
Fifteen cases that need complicated surgeries were referred to Al Azhar University hospitals in line with directives of Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed el-Tayyeb, according to a statement by Al Azhar Sheikdom. Tayyeb promised that Al Azhar will pay for the treatment of all critical cases, the statement said.
The statement noted that medicine was distributed for free among the patients.
On May 22, Egypt sent aid and medical convoys to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which was received gladly by the Palestinian side with signs and banners that read “Terrorism has no religion...Together we will fight it.”
A 75-ton aid convoy prepared by al-Azhar carrying medical and food aid reached Gaza on May 29.
Egyptian medical efforts in Africa
During his two-day visit to Burundi in April, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry inaugurated one of the two Egyptian renal dialysis centers in Burundi, in addition to an electronic library in the Egyptian Embassy to Burundi.
The inauguration was attended by Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation of Burundi Alain Aimé Nyamitwe and many other officials, according to the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.
Abu Zeid remarked that the two renal dialysis centers were established in light of the strong medical cooperation between the two countries through the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He remarked that the centers will also provide the necessary training for the doctors working there.
In March, Shoukry inaugurated the dialysis unit Egypt offered to the Juba Teaching Hospital in South Sudan.
The inaugurated unit includes two dialysis units and a water treatment unit. Shoukry stressed upon Egypt's intention to increase the number of dialysis units in the hospital up to eight units in the forthcoming phase.
Shoukry promised that the unit would be operated by an Egyptian delegation for two months starting April during which a South Sudanese medical staff would be trained to operate the unit.
Shoukry also referred to sending a medical convoy to Wau city in South Sudan, at the request of Kok, Abou Zeid said.