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Dr. Hala Zayed, Minister of Health and Population, announced that 683,000 women have been examined as part of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s initiative to “take care of the health of the mother and the fetus” for early detection of infection with diseases transmitted from mother to fetus, and the provision of free treatment and health care under the slogan “100 million health”, since its inception. In March of last year 2020 until today Wednesday.
The Minister affirmed the continuation of work on all presidential initiatives under the slogan of “100 million health” while taking all preventive and precautionary measures, in light of the state’s confrontation with the emerging corona virus (Covid-19), stressing the need for those who hesitate to commit to the initiatives to wear a mask, wash hands with soap and water or rub them. With alcohol before and after providing medical services, as well as the need to take into account social distancing among citizens.
Dr. Khaled Mujahid, Assistant Minister of Health and Population for Information and Awareness and the official spokesperson for the ministry, explained that the initiative aims to early detection of infection with B virus, HIV and syphilis for pregnant women, in addition to reducing maternal deaths due to diseases. The initiative also includes follow-up of a case. The mother and the newborn for a period of 42 days after the end of pregnancy to discover all the risk factors for the mother or the newborn, and to take appropriate measures in addition to dispensing the necessary micronutrients during the postpartum period.
Mujahid said that the initiative’s services are provided in all health units and medical centers, pointing to the review of centers designated for HIV and HIV referral, as the best were chosen according to quality standards to become 90 centers nationwide, in addition to 163 referral centers for patients. Syphilis nationwide, and cases with high blood sugar, or any other risk factors detected, are transferred to complete evaluation and treatment in 303 hospitals affiliated with the Ministry of Health.
He pointed out that more than 4000 medical teams participate in the initiative, who have been trained on how to use devices for early detection of HIV infection, HIV and syphilis for pregnant women, and perform blood sugar analyzes and physical measurements, in addition to training them on how to deal with beneficiaries. Filling out the follow-up card and entering data, explaining the distribution of the medical teams, devices and supplies that must be available according to the number of pregnant women in each unit, which continues during official working days from 8 in the morning until two in the afternoon.
Mujahid pointed out that the initiative guarantees the confidentiality of analyzes, and proper testing by selecting reagents with international quality standards, as well as advice to prevent diseases, and requires approval and the lady’s demand for service, stressing that the initiative is sustainable within the services of health units and mother and child centers, within the framework of activating and improving the quality of services. The routine provided by maternal and child care includes a clinical examination to assess the general condition of the pregnant woman and the fetus, the detection of risk factors that may accompany pregnancy, the vaccination against tetanus, the measurement of height, weight, and blood pressure, and the various tests necessary to detect anemia, or to determine the mother’s need for an injection Anti-D after birth or not, in addition to a complete urine analysis to detect albumin, urinary system diseases, and the necessary micronutrients are dispensed during pregnancy.
“Mujahid” stated that an integrated database for the survey was created and linked to the health facilities participating in the initiative to facilitate the follow-up of the beneficiary woman and transfer her to the nearest center to receive the necessary treatment according to her condition, pointing out that it is possible to inquire about the date of evaluation for beneficiaries to conduct advanced examinations through the website of the “100 million health” initiative. Or through the “Egypt Health” application, in addition to receiving inquiries through the hotline “15335”.
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