FILE: The health services are being provided in line with international quality standards
CAIRO – 2 June 2019: The Ministry of Health has affirmed that the Egyptian state is exerting a great effort to provide health services to more than five million refugees living in Egypt.
A Sunday statement issued by the General Manager of Foreign Health Relations said Egypt is seeking to provide the necessary medical care and services to immigrants and refugees with no discriminations.
The statement further added that the health services are being provided in line with international quality standards to limit illness and premature death rates.
In April, the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and WHO (World Health Organization) commended Egypt’s extension of the “100 Million Seha” campaign to include refugees and asylum-seekers in Egypt in the new phase.
The “100 Million Seha” campaign, which kicked off at a national scale in October 2018 under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, aims at detecting and eliminating hepatitis C in Egypt by 2023.
The campaign has started providing free tests to all foreign nationals in Egypt, including refugees and asylum-seekers as of 17 March 2019, with the first refugee receiving free hepatitis C medication a week later.
“UNHCR is very grateful to the hospitality the Egyptian Government and people have shown towards the refugee population in Egypt. In addition to granting refugees and asylum-seekers access to the public health care system in Egypt on an equal footing as Egyptians since 2016,” the UNHCR statement said.