By Ali Shabak and Mohamed A. IsmailThe Egyptian government is planning to re-introduce pharmacy in the Nile Delta, a project that was launched in 2012 but has not yet been fully implemented.
The move follows a year of political turmoil that led to the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is currently seeking re-election.
Sisi’s party won the most seats in the June parliamentary elections, with 61 seats, including 16 in the Upper House.
The move is part of the government’s bid to reinvigorate the country’s struggling economy and create more jobs.
The decision to reintegrate pharmacy in a region once plagued by civil unrest and corruption is likely to add to a political crisis that has been deepening since the end of last year’s revolution.
“I am confident that we will get back to the basics, because pharmacy in this area is a very important and necessary tool,” said Dr. Abdul Majed, the head of the Cairo University of Pharmacy.
Egypt has struggled to regain public confidence following years of corruption scandals that exposed corruption and corruption-linked patronage.
Since 2012, the country has been plagued by an economic crisis, which has also driven up unemployment and forced thousands of people to seek refuge abroad.