The Middle East’s first sailing hospital set sail from Egypt’s Upper Egypt’s governorate Aswan on 3 March where it plans to travel to the cities along the Nile River between Aswan and Cairo in a 90 day trip.
The hospital ship, supervised by Rotary Egypt. is equipped with clinics, labs and a pharmacy focusing on the governorates in Upper and Lower Egypt who have limited access to health care services.
The first of its kind project gained huge support from both the private and public sector in the country by landing a collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Tahya Masr Fund, Masr El-Kheir Foundation, El-Tayebi Pharmacies, Banque de Caire, and Pharco Pharmaceutical Company.
Many volunteers from across the country decided to take part of this unique project.
The project was launched by the Minister of Health Hala Zayed, Rotary Egypt and the president of Rotary Club as it witnessed participation from a great range of pharmacists, medics, specialists, consultants, nurses and technicians from different fields.
Hoping to help hundreds of thousands of patients, these medics and based in the metropolitan cities Cairo and Alexandria as well as the Upper Egypt governorate Sohag went on board.
In an interview with Ahram Online, the project manager Ingy Moneib said, “Our main focus is the children of Egypt as well as their mothers. However, we are also trying to treat as many patients as possible of different ages.”
On 7 March, the hospital ship will begin sailing to Aswan’s neighboring governorate, Luxor, where it will stop at the port for a week to treat patients.