By Goodluck Musinguzi
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took over as chair of the African Union (AU) following a meeting by heads of state from the continent in Ethiopia’s capital on 10th Febuary 2019 with a promise to improve medical services on the African continent.
Uganda is the first country to have its Afri-Egypt Medical Center opened because its one of the countries of the Nile Basin and as a stable country. Egypt has a very important presence in Uganda most especially Jinja district is very important in many ways being source of the River Nile.
Hon Hala Zayed, Egypt’s Minister of Health and Population arrived in Uganda on Monday, 18th October 2021, to witnesse the opening of the AFRI-Egypt Medical Center for Health Care in Jinja, Uganda.
During my visit to the Republic of Uganda, I will make sure we work within the framework of strengthening means of cooperation between the two countries in the health sector.
Hon Anifa Kawooya, the Minister of State in charge of General Duties and Hon John Mulimba, the Minister of State in charge of Regional Cooperation participated in the opening ceremony of“AFRI Egypt” an Egyptian Medical Center in Jinja City. The Center will provide a wide range of medical services to the public at a subsidized fee. They represented the government of Uganda.
The Minister is accompanied during the visit by Dr Mohamed Gad, the advisor to the Minister of Health and Population for external health relations, and the head of the Egyptian Ambulance Authority.
Upon her arrival at the airport, Zayed was received by the Egyptian Consul in Uganda and the Military Attaché at the Egyptian Embassy in Uganda.
Egypt is keen to provide all means of support to improve the health system in Uganda and other African countries in light of strong relationship between Egypt and all African countries, read a statement by the health ministry.
“Everyone has been involved, to take over the center, from the Ministry of Irrigation and the Ministry of Interior and Health .. because in addition to the cooperation of the Ugandan leadership, we provide many services that represent the health of Egypt and others and they have welcomed the matter very much“.
In the statement the ministry stressed Egypt’s keenness to provide all means of support for the advancement of the health system in Uganda and the African countries within the framework of the depth and interdependence of relations between Egypt and all African countries.
The AFRI Egypt Medical Center was implemented with the participation and cooperation of several drugmakers such as ACDIMA, the Holding Company for Pharmaceuticals, and the Egyptian Company for Investment and Development, in addition to two companies from the private sector.
The statement added that the new center is the result of Egyptian-Ugandan cooperation in the medical field and that the next period will witness the expansion of the services provided by Egypt in Uganda.
The center will be supplied with ambulances and portable clinics. Egyptian medical team will also implement the 100 million Health Presidential initiative in Uganda.
Egypt will also offer 20 scholarships for Ugandan physicians and will send medical teams to Uganda to train doctors in hospitals.
Health Minister Hala Zayed arrived in Uganda said her visit will boost cooperation between the health sectors in the two African countries.
Madiha Khattab, chairman of the board of directors of Avery Pharm, said the company’s shareholders are national in partnership with government and private sector companies, noting that the establishment of the medical center began when President El-Sisi took over the presidency of the African Union.
For his part, Sameh Hanin, a consulting orthopedic surgeon at the Egyptian Medical Center in Uganda, said the medical team is providing first aid to the injured and therefore the orthopedic department is equipped with the latest equipment to treat serious injuries caused by accidents.
He added that orthopedic patients are treated at the center by dealing with the roughness they suffer from, such as arthritis.