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CAIRO – 18 August 2019: The governor of Egypt's Dakahlia announced the launch of a presidential initiative to treat children born with hearing impairmentin the northeastern governorate,starting September 1.
Kamal Sharobem stressed the importance of providingfree treatment for children who are proven to need surgery and periodic follow-up of cases that have been treated until the age of two.
For his part, SaadMekki, undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, affirmed equipping 140 health units in all cities and villages in the governorate and providing them with the necessary requirementsto detect and help the babies who need treatment or cochlear implant at the appropriate age.
He added that 300 doctors and nurseshave been trained to develop the level of staff providing the service.
Governor Sharobimsaid that the president's initiative comes as part of national efforts made to improve the level of healthcare services provided by the state to citizens, referring to the initiative to detect Hepatitis C and other chronic diseases.
As part of the government’s health program, 100 Million Seha (Healthy Lives) Initiative, which comes under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s auspices,30 clinics were recently set up nationwide to help Egyptians quit smoking.
Medical checks are being offered for free, and awareness campaigns have been highlighting the significance of quitting smoking, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.
A total of 30 clinics will be allocated in psychiatric and respiratory hospitalsall over Egypt.
Also, the100 Million Seha initiative,launched in October 2018,screened45 million citizensforhepatitis C and ended April 2019. The Health Ministry vowed to fully eliminate the disease in Egypt in 2022.