Press Release
"Right to Health"
Wasted Rights …Absent Custody
"An outlook on Egypt's corruption in health sector"

Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) issues its report (45 pages) on health custody conditions in Egypt entitled "right to health - wasted rights… absent custody"- on Tuesday 4 April, determines cases of medical corruption and negligence and also absent custody inside both private and public hospitals in Egypt.

The report is divided into four sections: section one checks out corruption in health sector (21 cases), which costs 9, 5 million; section two monitors cases of medical negligence inside hospitals, the total 75 cases more condensed in public hospitals: 21 dead, 25 disabled completely or partially and 6 were subjected to coma from 10 months to 5 years, while private hospitals witnessed only 8 negligence cases.

Section two also checks out ill and deteriorated conditions inside 25 public hospitals all over Egypt, Cairo (6), Al-Gharbia (5), Al-Sharqia (3) and one hospital in provisions (Red Sea, Al-Daqahlia, Al-Qalioubia, Suhag, Aswan, Fayoum, Al-Wady al-Gadid, Beny Sueif, Al-Monofia and Al-Behira).

Moreover section three checks out Egyptian parliament role in confronting medical corruption and negligence phenomenon during the period [19 / 12 / 2005 to 12 / 3 / 2006], and it also determines events of the parliament session (12 / 2 / 2006), which witnessed a critical exclamation by member Abdel Alim Dawood to the prime minister on the spread of tumours, liver failure and kidney diseases in society and also discussed three statements presented to minister of health concerning the state's negligence to a factory producing expired kidney lavation filters hold many industrial defects, which could witness deterioration to patients' health status leading to dangerous blood clots, also this section sheds light on the parliament's meeting discussions held by health commission on the deteriorated health conditions in Egypt.

Finally Section four, the last section determines ' a critical analysis to Egyptian newspapers' monitoring process to issues of health through out seven national, independent and opposition newspapers, during the period [1 January to 31 March 2006], the total articles worked on this issue were (420 articles), respectively: Al-Ahram (58), Al-Akhbar (60), Nahdat Misr (61), Al-Gomhoria (65), Al-Osboa (17), Al-Wafd (67) and finally Al-Masry al-Youm (91).

In light of the previous, FDHRD insists on declaring the report's monitoring results to the press, members of the parliament, health sector officials and the public opinion, in order to join forces and encourage all concerned efforts to provide humane health care for citizens in Egypt in light of Article 16 of the Constitution and international covenants provisions, which guarantee citizens' right to health as considered a principle humane right.

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