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3.1 million Egyptian women given free health examinations under new campaign: Minister

Health and Population Minister Hala Zayed announced on Wednesday that 3.1 million Egyptian women have undergone free medical examinations so far as part of the campaign “100 Million Healthy Lives,” which aims to detect breast cancer and other noncommunicable diseases and raise awareness about reproductive health and family planning. 

The campaign, which was launched by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in July, hopes to offer free examinations to 28 million women nationwide.

The total number of examinations conducted during the first stage of the campaign amounted to 2.1 million, according to a Ministry press release from Wednesday, and in the second stage of the initiative, a total of about 962,500 women underwent examinations.

The second stage of the initiative was launched last November in the governorates of Cairo, North Sinai, Red Sea, Kafr al-Sheikh, Ismailia, Suez, Monufiya, Beni Suef, Sohag, Aswan, and Luxor.

The largest number of examinations was recorded in Cairo at 309,931 women, followed by Monufiya with a total of 229,519 women, Zayed said.

A total of 1,395 medical teams participated in the initiative during the second phase, with the teams working across 1,175 different healthcare facilities, she noted.

During the first phase, 1,321 medical teams participated in the initiative in over 1,000 healthcare facilities across various other governorates, namely South Sinai, Damietta, Port Said, Alexandria, Matruh, Beheira, Fayoum, Assiut, and Qalyubiya.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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