Egypt is doing better than other EMs, government is launching an anti-Hep C campaign, public school classes are too crowded
Last night was one of bland miscellany on the airwaves, with the talking heads taking on topics ranging from emerging market troubles, to the government’s new Hep C campaign, and overcrowding of public school classrooms.
The lone bright spot: Egypt is faring better than most of its emerging market peers, EFG Hermes Head of Research Ahmed Shams Eldin told Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim. He pointed out that high foreign debt levels are the main challenge facing most EMs today, but said that Egypt’s debt levels — while still high — are within relatively safe bounds (watch, runtime: 2:36). You can watch the full interview here, runtime: 30:28.
The government is launching today a national campaign to treat Hepatitis C, which will take off in nine governorates in phaes one, among them South Sinai, Matrouh, Assiut, Portsaid, Alexandria, Beheira, Damietta, Fayoum and Qalubiya, Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed told Hona Al Asema. Mobile health clinics will be parked out in densely-populated areas to test people and positive patients will be transferred to the closest available facility for treatment at no charge, he added (watch here, runtime: 12: 41 and here, runtime: 13:28).
The first phase of the campaign will run through October and November, while the full program will take about seven months to complete, National Committee for Control of Viral Hepatitis member Yehia El Shazly told Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 13:28). Authorities in Assiut are already calling on citizens to take the tests, according to Hona Al Asema’s reporter there (watch, runtime: 4:44). The initiative has received USD 262 mn in funding from the World Bank.
Egypt needs to add around 200k classrooms a year to its existing capacities but can only add about 20k currently, Education Minister Tarek Shawky told Amr Adib on El Hekaya, explaining that the government has been unable to keep up with population growth levels. Most public school classrooms house around 45 students on average, he added, noting that the overcrowding of classrooms is addressed in the government’s new educational reform strategy (watch, runtime: 5:40).