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CAIRO – November 6, 2022: The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced a plan of health measures that will be put in place during the United Nations Climate Summit (COP27), which Egypt is hosting in Sharm el -Sheikh from November 6 to 18.

This is part of the Egyptian state’s desire to provide medical coverage for major summit events and activities, covering citizens and participating delegations from different countries.

Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Population, indicated that the axes of the medical coverage plan of the Climate Summit include (therapeutic services, preventive measures, ambulatory services, hospitals, IT for health services), as well as the plan aims to protect conference participants against infection by various infectious diseases.

The plan further includes protection from exposure to health crises and accidents, the provision of ambulance and emergency services in a timely manner, the provision of necessary treatment services to conference guests, as well as the provision of diagnostic tests and the booking of patients in hospitals.

Abdel Ghaffar explained that the ambulance services include the assignment of 170 vehicles equipped with intensive care units, distributed near the conference rooms and the residence and movement areas of the delegations, in addition to the distribution of ambulances on the main axes, vital areas and the entrance. points to South Sinai Governorate.

Abdul Ghaffar added that the emergency system of the conference insurance plan includes self-sterilizing cars to fight infections, rapid response cars, a marine ambulance launch, golf cars and electric ambulances, in addition to providing an air evacuation service in necessary cases.

Abdul Ghaffar said the axes of preventive measures to secure the conference include (worker vaccinations, environmental health and food control work, quarantine, disease vector control work, mobile laboratory to monitor air quality and work of preventive teams).

More than 18,000 tourism facility workers and car drivers in Sharm el-Sheikh have been vaccinated with coronavirus vaccines, as well as more than 11,200 hotel caterers against hepatitis A.

Abdul Ghaffar pointed out that 145 hotels were visited to monitor environmental health work in desalination plants, sewage treatment plants and compliance of swimming pools and water tanks with sanitary standards.

Abdel Ghaffar added that quarantine procedures at airports and entry points in South Sinai Governorate include taking all precautionary and preventive measures aimed at discovering any case infected with infectious diseases, highlighting the debate on arrivals through camera surveillance devices, thermal gates and temperature measurement. devices.

Abdul Ghaffar pointed out that the plan includes mosquito and disease vector control work through 32 cars loaded with fog machines and 102 prevention teams. He also assured that the air quality will be monitored through a mobile laboratory.

Abdel Ghaffar pointed out that preventive medicine teams and central laboratories were deployed during the conference activities to immediately treat any suspected cases of infectious disease.

And “Abdul Ghaffar” confirmed the recommendation of the participants, through the official website of the conference, that it is necessary to obtain booster doses for vaccination against the Corona virus, and to commit to wearing masks, in especially in crowded places or closed rooms.

Regarding hospital care and services, Abdul Ghaffar said that 6 medical clinics were equipped at the conference venue, including 4 clinics in the blue zone, two clinics in the green zone, 9 rescue teams.

Abdel Ghaffar stressed that Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital is equipped with all the necessary medical equipment and manpower to care for the sick, adding that 20 evacuation hospitals are equipped in the south of the country. Sinai, the governorates of the Suez Canal region and Greater Cairo, in addition to allocating hospitals to treat cases of burns, as well as hospitals dedicated to the treatment of cases of infectious diseases and their isolation, confirming the availability of all medical supplies, devices, blood bags and their types in all evacuation hospitals.

Abdul Ghaffar revealed that a field hospital was equipped for the first time to provide medical coverage during the conference.