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Monday, 15 July 2019

A humdrum night for Egypt’s talk shows

Another humdrum night on the airwaves: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s meeting with the cabinet economic committee, the state’s new health insurance scheme, and a military-owned greenhouse project all got attention on last night’s talk shows.

Recapping socioeconomic indicators: Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim highlighted El Sisi’s meeting with the group, which gave a rundown on key FY2018-2019 social and economic indicators (watch, runtime: 2:31).

Gov’t to fully cover the cost of tumor, chronic disease meds under universal healthcare scheme: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal also took note of statements by health insurance director Ahmed El Sobky that the government will cover 90% of the cost of daily medications and 100% of meds used for the treatment of tumors and chronic diseases of 67k families registered in Port Said under the new healthcare system (watch, runtime: 0:48).

Assal also went on a tour of a greenhouse recently inaugurated at Mohamed Naguib military base on the Cairo-Alamein road and interviewed the chairman of the army-owned company that runs the project. Much of the project’s produce is exported, and we are seeing high demand from importers, but the priority remains for the local market, he said (watch, runtime: 1:08).

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