Medical supplies in the Damietta Health Directorate stolen

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The Administrative Control Authority has arrested the secretary of the regional store for medical supplies, affiliated to the Health Directorate of Damietta Governorate, whilst he was transporting large quantities of preventive medical supplies, after he stole them to sell on the black market. The vehicle he was driving is owned by a private company that trades in medical supplies, which is managed by an employee at Al-Sadr Hospital. The value of the supplies amounted to EGP 250,000 ($16,000). The public prosecution ordered the imprisonment of the defendant and his partners for 15 days, pending investigation. It’s reported that the Administrative Control Authority arrested a store secretary and a health observer in the same directorate on March 26, for offering a financial bribe to a member of the Medical Supplies Inventory Committee.

Doctors in Egypt are complaining about a severe shortage of preventive medical supplies, which has raised the infection rate among medical teams to 13 per cent of all cases.