Health minister outlines medical support plan for injured Gazans
OREIGN Minister Sameh Shoukri has discussed the accelerating developments now under way in the Palestinian territories with his Greek and Dutch counterparts.
Discussion of these developments and escalation in the Gaza Strip came in the course of two phone calls Minister Shoukri received from his Greek and Dutch counterparts Monday.
Efforts to calm the situation were reviewed during the calls, the news agency said, adding that the Greek and Dutch foreign ministers expressed estimation of Egypt’s role in this regard and Cairo’s persistent efforts to reach a ceasefire and end the crisis.
The All-Egypt’s Mufti, Dr Shawky Allam, has stressed that lending support for the Palestinian cause is a duty to which all Arabs and Muslims should be committed.
In a phone call with Mufti of al-Quds Sheikh Mohamed Hussein yesterday, Dr Allam expressed solidarity with the Palestinian cause.
Referring to the latest moves under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to find a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause, Dr Allam highlighted the pivotal role Egypt is undertaking in the region, adding that Cairo has been exerting strenuous efforts for years to prod Israel into halting attacks on the innocent people in the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s plan to receive injured Gazans and offer them urgent medical care was outlined by Health Minister Hala Zayed during a meeting that Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli chaired Monday to review the relevant preparations.
In her presentation, Minister Zayed noted that the plan came in implementation of President Sisi’s directives and involves a central room at the Egyptian Ambulance Service headquarters and an operational centre in North Sinai in addition to the designation of medical support hospitals in north Sinai, Ismailia and Greater Cairo, the news agency said.
Nearly 50 ambulance vehicles belonging to the ministry’s Suez Canal regional health service have been tasked with supporting the plan and each of these ambulances is equipped with an artificial breathing machine and the necessary medical supplies and drugs, Minister Zayed said in her presentation.
This ambulance support, she added, complements the duties of 65 ambulances that operate in North Sinai cities.
Three hospitals in North Sinai, two in Ismailia and six in Greater Cairo have been designated to provide the needful medical support services, the minister said