Coronavirus in Egypt: Quarantine hospitals fed up and the epidemic is in the third stage

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Ahmed El-Sobky, head of the General Authority for Health Care, Assistant Egyptian Minister of Health, warned of the increasing number of infections with Coronavirus (COVID 19), pointing out that the absorptive capacity of the quarantine hospitals has reached the maximum limit.

Al-Sobky confirmed that the Ministry of Health announces all confirmed cases of Coronavirus inside Egypt in a transparent manner, denying reports that the true numbers of cases have been hidden. He pointed out that the increasing number of injuries in Egypt, and the reaching of absorptive capacity of quarantine hospitals for the maximum, prompted the Ministry to think about other alternatives and take advantage of the period of disruption of the tourism movement to exploit hotels.

However, he admitted that this proposal faces many difficulties, the most important of which is that the cost will be higher. He defended the health ministry against many criticizes, saying that “The treatment protocol in the world is floundering, and the ministry has started applying blood plasma injection treatment to 3 patients, and is awaiting results, but even this treatment has not been finally approved abroad.”

These warnings come at a time when there are increasing indications that the Egyptian government intends to restore life to normal, even as more infections and deaths are still being recorded with the Coronavirus. The total number of infected people in Egypt jumped from 6 thousand to more than 7 thousand and 500 within 3 days. The increasing number of infections in Egypt does not indicate the government’s control of the epidemiological situation in the country, which raises deep doubts about the correctness of the government measures taken.

Statistics and figures of the Egyptian Ministry of Health indicate that Egypt has already entered the third stage of the epidemic, and the infection rates raise observers’ concerns about a strong possibility of entering Egypt in the fourth stage. This third epidemiological stage means that the infection is transmitted from human groups to other groups through a clear carrier state that can be monitored, but it is difficult to monitor how the virus is transmitted within these groups.

Medical sources at the Ministry of Health say that, in most newly discovered cases, trace infection data have unknown episodes of infected cases, which reflects poor surveillance capabilities. The Egyptian Ministry of Health does not conduct comprehensive virus tests of all contacts of each case registered, due to the weak capabilities of the health system in Egypt, in addition to that the Egyptian regime evading the costs of those analyzes.

As for the fourth stage, in which observers fear to enter, it is the spread of infection without noting of the carrier cases and the paths of transmission. Doctors say that the number of daily COVID 19 tests in Egypt is very low, which is the reason for the low number of officially registered infections, as the Ministry of Health does not conduct virus tests for all infection suspected or the contacts of infected people.

Medical sources say that the more the ministry expands its tests in certain days or periods of time, the higher the rate of confirmed cases of infection with the virus, which means that Egypt is still in the stage of a steady escalation in infection, and did not access to the peak so far, as some officials say in Local media reported that Egypt reached its peak a week ago and that it is currently in a stable stage.

In addition, the Egyptians face fears that the Egyptian regime will turn pharmacists into human doctors after giving them some studies, as General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi commissioned the Military Medical Academy to hold sessions to deliberate on this proposal, which was rejected by the Egyptian Medical Syndicate, and warned that this proposal means graduating doctors Urgently without adequate preparation, which could lead to disasters.

The Egyptian Medical Syndicate and other parties also question the efficiency of the treatment protocol used in sorting, referral, and medical isolation hospitals, especially with its difference from the protocol used in some Arab countries, such as Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, and Kuwait.

In addition, there are other potential problems within the isolation hospitals, such as the failure to take all the recommended precautionary measures, which led to the injury of a number of medical personnel, and the irregularity of work in some quarantine hospitals.