Last Night’s Talk Shows on 17 February 2021
El Hekaya’s Amr Adib was briefly hospitalized yesterday after sustaining unspecified injuries in a car crash, Al Tase’a’s Youssef El Husseiny noted yesterday (watch, runtime: 1:13). The boisterous host was discharged a few hours later, the producer of Adib’s show later said. We wish Mr Adib a speedy recovery.
The importance of family planning and birth control was all the talking heads could discuss yesterday, after President Abdel Fattah El Sisi touched on the issue during the inauguration of the Ismailia Integrated Healthcare Complex. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Mohamed Sherdy (watch, runtime: 6:48) and Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan also had coverage of the inauguration (watch, runtime: 4:29).
Counting the costs: Egypt needs to spend some USD 1 tn to give its 100 mn (and counting) citizens a “decent” quality of life, the president said, stressing that a continuously growing population will strain state coffers and harm citizens, Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi noted (watch, runtime: 3:02). Between birth and the age of 60, each individual costs state coffers an average of EGP 500k, Planning Minister Hala El Said told Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa. The government is looking at offering incentives for family planning in a bid to curtail the country’s population growth, which overshadows any development progress when it is out of control, she said (watch, runtime: 21: 40).
Reminder that we already have a family planning program: Desiree Labib, the director of the Social Solidarity Ministry’s “Two is Enough” family planning program, spoke with Al Hayah Al Youm's Sherdy, noting that it specifically targets Takaful and Karama beneficiaries and hopes to bring down the birthrate to 2.4 children per woman by 2030 (watch, runtime: 9:59).