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FDHRD Issued a Report Entitled “Medical staff in the crosshairs of infection”

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Press Release

Today, Thursday, June 4, Forum of Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) issued a report on cases of infection among medical staff with the Corona virus from March 1 to May 30, 2020, entitled “Medical staff in the crosshairs of infection.”

The report monitors the measures taken by the Egyptian government and the Ministry of Health to provide guarantees for medical staff and protect them while performing their work.

The report indicates the number of cases that were monitored during the period from March 1 to May 30, with a total of 255 cases, of whom 125 are still under treatment, 97 have recovered, and 33 deaths in twenty governorates. Cairo governorate came among the highest governorates with the number of injuries, as 144 cases were monitored, followed by Dakahlia governorate with 20 injuries. The report monitored 161 cases of infection during the month of May, 85 cases during the month of April, and 9 cases during the month of March. The number of doctors who died during the reporting period as a result of being infected with the Corona virus was 25, while the number of deceased nurses was 8 deaths.

The report referred to the most important decisions approved by the Prime Minister after his meeting with the Doctors Syndicate on Thursday, May 28, in ways to provide protection and support to doctors, the most important of which was the treatment of deceased doctors as a result of infection with the Corona virus, the treatment of “martyrs” like the military and police men in financial terms, expanding conducting PCR analyzes for medical staff in contact with cases of Corona, implementing the previous decision to allocate places for isolating members of the medical team from Corona patients in all hospitals at the level of the Republic, and the need to complete the deficiencies of medical supplies, follow up on the readiness of hospitals and train medical staff that were allocated to work in the new isolation hospitals, opening channels of communication between the General Syndicate of Doctors, the Ministry and the government on an ongoing basis

In order to protect the medical staff, the government had also decided:

  • Allocating a floor in each isolation hospital with a capacity of 20 beds to treat the injured from the medical staff.
  • Conducting an analysis of medical staff when they enter the hospital to carry out their work tasks, and when they leave after the end of their work, at a rate of 14 working days, and 14 days off.
  • Conducting an immediate analysis of anyone who shows any symptoms while performing his work, as 19,578 analyzes have been conducted with the rapid detector, and 8913 virus analyzes have been conducted so far.

The report called for the continuation of dialogue between the Doctors Syndicate and the government in order to remove all obstacles to facilitate the task of medical staff in their struggle to confront the Corona virus.

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