Cairo, Egypt — Egypt’s top medical institutions will open for the first time on Monday for the inauguration of their new operating theatres, following an international outcry over the killing of protesters at the Giza Plateau.
Dr. Mohamed Fahmy, head of Egypt’s national health authority, told reporters on Monday that the two major hospitals in Cairo and Alexandria will be opened in time for the opening of medical clinics for the public on Tuesday, the same day as a planned anti-government rally.
Fahmy, who has led the country’s medical services since the coup that ousted former President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, has been trying to convince doctors and hospitals to reopen for months.
On Monday, Fahmy said the two hospitals will open at 3 a.m. local time (12 p.m., EDT) at the Taba Medical Center and the Halkidiki Hospital in Cairo.
The two hospitals, located near the Gizoun district, are both located near a prominent military base and the area is home to about a quarter of the countrys population of roughly 1.3 million.
The main reason behind the closure of the two facilities, according to Fahmy: “the lack of funds and the political situation.
The health care system is a big one.
The only way we could cope with the budget shortage was to close them.”
Egypt’s health care systems are a national scandal, and the country has been dealing with the problem since the 2014 ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.
The ouster was followed by an extended political crisis, with the government accusing the army of staging the coup.
The military has denied the charge, and Morsi, who resigned in August, is currently on trial for his role in the coup, and for his alleged role in trying to stifle protests.
Egypt has the second-highest death toll in the world, after Syria, and is also the world’s most corrupt country.
In 2015, the government imposed a ban on public gatherings and a curfew, after it was revealed that more than 4,000 people had been killed in the crackdown.
The number of people killed in clashes during the unrest has been estimated at around 250,000, according in Egypt’s medical community.