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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Egypt’s “100 mn healthy lives” initiative aims to eliminate surgical waiting lists

A miserably dull night on the airwaves: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to Washington, DC, and healthcare were the only topics of note on an otherwise truly dull evening on the nation’s talk shows.

Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer took note El Sisi’s meeting yesterday with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde as he wrapped up his three-day Washington visit (watch, runtime: 1:39) and the Health ministry is working to eliminate waiting lists for surgical procedures as part of the “100 mn healthy lives” initiative El Sisi announced in July got some airtime on (watch, runtime: 11:02). The state paid out EGP 1.4 bn to cover the cost of more than 126k surgeries in the first phase of the program, which will continue for the next 3-5 years until the forthcoming national healthcare program can pick up the slack.

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