As though they were not satisfied with the existence of a 350 bed Children’s Cancer Hospital “57357” in Cairo, Egyptian health authorities will by next week complete an annex to make the center the first state-of-the –art cancer health facility in Cairo, according to the hospital’s strategist, Dr. Sherif Abel Naga.
Dr. Naga told over 50 African journalists who are on a month-long study tour in the country last Tuesday, May 10, that the construction of the annex is a “sustainable foundation, not only to prevent, but to combat cancer through research, education and above all, equality in healthcare.”
“These three components,” according to Dr. Naga, “are associated with compassion and justice, not only limited to the hospital’s staff, among them doctors and nurses, but all Egyptians, to alleviate the suffering of children with cancer and their families with treatment absolutely free of charge.”
The expansion of the center, according to Dr. Naga, is to train at least 600 nurses and other staff, among them doctors, who will specialize in certain medical areas to cater to patients whose ages range from a day old to 18 years from all over the world, “free of charge.”
He said since the establishment of the center, it has a proven track record in the region for working with more than 160 client facilities that range from large government hospital networks to small health clinics.
“With a history of consistent growth and proven commitment to the Middle East, the center is currently the leading health care information technology provider, operating in the Middle East. It was formally established in 2005 and has more than 110 associates, 19 of whom are clinicians,” Dr. Naga told journalists during a tour of the facilities.
He said, “Building on our industry-leading clinical technology expertise and vast global experience, we are finding new and innovative ways to deliver value to our clients, while addressing the challenges of our work in catering to our patients.”
The number, 57357, according to Dr. Naga, is the bank account number which anyone willing to support the center can use to deposit financial assistance.
“Any of the children’s health solutions can be found in United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar, putting Middle East on the frontline of health care transformation,” he added.
According to Dr. Naga, the hospital’s sponsor organizations are selected based on their impact in Egypt on cancer care, education, research and advocacy.
“In addition they must be caring, not only with patients, but also with their employees. They must connect to their communities, including environmental awareness and outreach locally and abroad. And they have to display vision, an ability to imagine the future and make it happen.
“We hold all our partners accountable for financial transparency and tracking of results, which are highlighted in our annual report,” he emphasized with laughter.
Over 50 journalists from 22 African countries, at the invitation of the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD), are undergoing a month-long training in journalism.
EADP focuses on transferring knowledge and experience in fields that have comparative advantages in diplomacy, judiciary, energy, agriculture, water irrigation, communication and security.