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Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Education Launch a Campaign For Anemia, Dwarfism and Obesity

February 17, 2019
(AP Photo/Mohamed Elraai)

Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education supported by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi initiated a new campaign on 17 February targeting anemia, dwarfism and obesity amongst Egypt’s preadolescent children aging between six to 12 years old. The campaign will last until 2 April and hopes to assess 11.5 million school children who attend governmental and private school across Egypt in its first phase. Minster of Education Tarek Shawky  stressed that diagnoses is compulsory and parents who do not cooperate will be condemned. Once the results are out, parents will be notified and allowed access to free treatment for their children. The entire campaign is three phases and will cover 22,000 schools in Egypt. The anemia and obesity are common health problems in Egypt and specifically prevalent amongst young children. A research done across Egypt’s rural and urban governorates in 2010, published by IOSR Journal of Pharmacy in 2015 revealed that 35.3 percent of school children ages five to 12 years old suffer from anemia. In retrospect, anemia has been an epidemic affecting several age groups. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) report published in 2008, at least 25.4…


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