The Ministry of Health and Population and the World Health Organization announced on Friday, February 14th, the discovery of the first positive case of corona virus emerging in Egypt for a “foreign” person“.
Dr. Khaled Mujahid, Advisor to the Minister of Health and Population for Media Affairs, and the official spokesperson for the ministry, said that the ministry succeeded in discovering the first case of a foreign person infected with “Corona” virus thanks to the preventive precaution plan implemented by the ministry by activating the electronic program to record and follow-up coming from the countries in which it appeared Infection with the new coronavirus and through the preventive teams that follow them around the clock, indicating that laboratory tests were conducted for the suspected case, which resulted in a positive virus, but without any symptoms.
Mujahid added that the World Health Organization was immediately informed, and all preventive measures and measures were taken in cooperation with the World Health Organization, where the case was transferred to a self-sterilized ambulance to the hospital for isolation, follow-up, and reassurance, explaining that the case is HIV-positive and It shows no symptoms, and its condition is completely stable.
He said that the Ministry has taken strict preventive measures against those in contact with the situation through conducting the necessary analyzes that were negative for the virus, and they were self-isolated in their places of residence as a precautionary measure for 14 days “incubation period of the disease”, pointing to their follow-up periodically every 8 hours and giving them health instructions to be followed Also, the building in which the case was used and those in contact with it were sterilized.
In this regard, Dr. John Gabor, the representative of the World Health Organization in Egypt, praised the speed and transparency of the Egyptian government in dealing with the situation, and its eagerness to inform the organization of the case as soon as it was suspected, praising the preventive measures taken by the Ministry of Health and Population regarding the discovered case and those who are in contact with it.
“John” stressed that Egypt is one of the first countries to develop a good preventive plan to address the emerging corona virus and how to deal with infected cases once they are discovered, and that Egypt is also one of the first countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region that the organization provided with accurate reagents to detect those infected with the new corona virus.
The Minister of Health and Population also held, today, Friday, an expanded meeting with the leadership of the Ministry to follow up the implementation of the Ministry’s plan to address and deal with the emerging corona virus, at the Ministry’s general office, stressing that all preventive measures are taken in the country’s ports.
The Minister of Health and Population follows the convening of the 24-hour Crisis Management Chamber, which includes representatives from all ministries and relevant authorities, at the Ministry’s general office, to follow up the situation of the Corona virus emerging inside the country and the Ministry’s preventive plan in the ports and ports and all health directorates in the Republic, stressing to raise the levels of readiness to the utmost In all ports and airports nationwide.