Egypt Independent

Egypt opens first free children’s cancer hospital in Upper Egypt



The Shefaa al-Orman Charity Foundation on Saturday inaugurated the first specialized hospital dedicated to treating children’s cancer for free in Upper Egypt.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine al-Kabbaj, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anani, Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Manar Enaba, Governor of Luxor Mostafa Alham, businessman Mohamed Abu al-Enein, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of al-Ahly Club Mahmoud al-Khatib.

Kabbaj said that this new facility will contribute to the development of Upper Egypt, and comes equipped with outpatient clinics to receive children who suffer from cancer or are suspected of it.

The executive director of the hospital, Mahmoud Fouad, said that the Shefaa al-Orman Hospital for Children’s Cancer will work according to the latest international treatment protocols regarding children’s cancer.

In addition to providing curative medical service, he added that the hospital aims to integrate sick children back into society through its one-day treatment department where chemotherapy will be provided to children and an exit will be approved for them on the same day.

This helps reduce to hospitalization periods while saving the child and their family hardship caused by traveling back and forth to the hospital.

Fouad added that the hospital has a specialized team of consultants and specialists in treating pediatric tumors, who will diagnose new cases and define chemotherapy protocols, in addition to following up on cases that have completed their treatment.

The General Director of Shefaa al-Orman Hospitals for Cancer Treatment said that the hospital includes an integrated department for surgery, an integrated department for radiotherapy, a department for various scans and atomic scanning of all kinds, while also including some of the finest university professors in pediatric oncology.