More than one million women screened in initiative targeting mothers, fetuses: Health ministry

Ahram Online , Friday 6 May 2022

The Ministry of Health and Population announced on Friday that 1,454,000 women were screened in the ‘Mother and Fetus Presidential Health Sub-Initiative’ since its launch in March 2020.

Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar
File Photo: Egypt s acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar. Photo courtesy of Egyptian health ministry Facebook page.

According to Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar — spokesperson for the health ministry — the initiative aims to diagnose diseases transmitted from mothers to foetuses early and to provide free treatment and medical care as part of the larger ‘100 Million Healthy Lives Presidential Initiative.’

The initiative aims to achieve early diagnosis of Hepatitis B Virus, HIV, and syphilis infections among pregnant women in addition to reducing the rate of maternal mortality from these diseases, Abdel-Ghaffar added.

Furthermore, it includes a follow up on mothers and their newly born babies for 42 days after delivery to detect any health complications as they arise, in addition to dispensing the necessary micronutrients during postpartum.

According to the health ministry, the initiative is implemented by more than 4,000 medical teams in medical units and centres nationwide from 8am till 2pm throughout weekdays.

Cases that require further testing are referred to one of the many medical institutions affiliated with the ministry that serve patients suffering from Hepatitis B, Syphilis, or hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar level) across the country.

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