360k patients on critical condition lists undergo surgeries

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Sun, 12 Jan 2020 - 01:21 GMT

Operating theater - Unsplash

Operating theater - Unsplash

CAIRO - 12 January 2020: The Ministry of Health and Population announced on Sunday that 360,000 surgeries have been carried out for patients on waiting lists since President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi launched an initiative to provide immediate treatment for critical conditions in July 2018.

The ministry elaborated that cardiac catheterizations and eye procedures make up 40 percent and 34 percent of the carried out surgeries, respectively. Also, 12,109 patients were referred to drug therapy instead of surgical intervention.

Sixty-two percent of surgeries were performed in public hospitals, while 25.2 percent were done in university hospitals. The average number of procedures accomplished per month is 20,630 in 2019 and 13,990 in 2018. It is worth mentioning that 96 percent of patients have expressed satisfaction with the service.

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