Absence of basic health services threatens the New Valley citizens’ lives
MAAT calls the Minister of Health to find urgent solutions to provide the health services to the citizens
In light of the first UPR convoy marched by MAAT for Peace, Development and Human Rights to the New Valley governorate last May, the Foundation documented the New Valley’s residents suffering from a problem related to the lack of availability of health services and the lack of the their quality, which is evident in the lack of medical specialties, and necessary equipment in the governorates hospitals, despite the availability of health units in most of the remote villages, they have neither doctors nor medical equipment.
According to MAAT’s information, and based on discussions with a great number of citizens and officials in the governorate, it was indicated that the governorate including 7 hospitals and 61 health units on the level of the centers and villages, suffers from the lack of medical specialties and health cadres as explained below:
- Darb Elarbeen villages in Paris center suffer from the existence of health units without doctors, where most of the residents bear heavy expenses to move patients to Paris central hospital, which suffers from the lack of medical equipment and cadres, based on that, the patients are transferred to Al-Kharga general hospital, then they are transferred to Assiut hospitals. Where the health units in the remote villages are built and closed right after their establishment, as well as the dependence of patients on nurses or assigning the same doctor to more than a health unit to pay a visit per week to each of them;
- Balat central hospital in Al Dakhla suffers from the lack of medical equipment, knowing that one medical practitioner works in the hospital and transfers the patients to Al Dakhla central hospital 40 km away, and due to the lack of medical specialties, Al Dakhla hospital transfers patients to Assiut general hospital, knowing that Balat center includes a central hospital and 8 health units in the villages without doctors;
- Alfarafra central hospital suffers from the absence of the basic medical devices including blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters;
- Alkharga general hospital lacks for human power, financial allocations and medical equipment, including medical specialists, equipment, technicians, support services, nursing, and furniture, which hinders the provision of health services to the citizens and pushes them to travel to Assiut which represents an additional burden on the patients and threatens the lives of critical cases and emergencies;
- The health units and hospitals in the villages, centers and cities of the governorate suffers from severe shortage in medial cadres, where the governorate suffers from a shortage of 400 doctors, in addition to the lack of doctors’ commitment in attending to the hospitals due to being occupied with external doctors’ offices along with the lack of new doctors desire to work in the governorate because of its desert climate and the remote distance between the governorate and the Nile valley governorates;
- Alfarfra central hospital suffers from the absence of intensive care sections, along with x-ray and a great number of specialized sections, where 8 doctors work in the governorate and covering the entire sections except for the dental section which includes 10 doctors, where the hospital suffers from old and worn equipment, the hospital works by 15% of its administrative and medical power and suffers from the absence of technical services. In addition to those problems, the hospital suffers from severe neglecting represented in the reach of waste water to the kitchen;
- The hospitals suffer from the shortages of anti-venom vaccines and immunizations of scorpions and snakes, spread due to the desert nature of the governorate which led to an increase in the number of deaths especially for the children in remote areas;
- The shortage in public transportation, unpaved roads and vast distances between the centers increases the patients suffering especially those whom suffer from chronic diseases and emergencies.
This contradicts a number of the recommendations accepted by the Egyptian sate during the 2015 UPR session, including:
- Recommendation No. 166.78, presented by Turkmenistan and stating “Enhance its efforts to support social rights for women, such as the right to education and health”;
- Recommendation No. 166.84, presented by Brunei Darussalam and stating “Continue its efforts to ensure the empowerment of women in the economic, health and social perspectives, including the integration of women as well as the establishment of women’s health centres, to ensure the promotion and protection of women’s rights in the country”;
- Recommendation No. 166.267, presented by Iran and stating “Intensify its efforts towards the realization of economic, social and cultural rights, including in relation to the right to health”;
- Recommendation No. 166.274, presented by Uzbekistan and stating “Continue efforts to ensure universal access to quality education and health care”.
In light of the above, MAAT calls the prime minister and minister of health to take urgent measures to provide health care for the governorate’s citizens, via providing the adequate number of doctors and technicians in the governorate, along with the medical equipment and necessary facilities for the hospitals work, sending specialized medical convoys periodically to meet the people’s needs from health services, availing regular specialists to visit the governorate along with looking into the possibility of establishing a medical school in the governorate.
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