Egyptian doctors are the latest group of Egyptians to have their specialty expanded to include a pharmacy and a medical store in Cairo.
The move comes after a series of court decisions allowing more than 2,000 pharmacies to open in the capital, including a pharmacy in the city’s Tahrir Square, the nation’s oldest and most exclusive shopping district.
“The government has a duty to protect health,” said Ahmed Abdelgadar, head of the Egyptian Society of Medical Pharmacists, a trade group that represents some 200 doctors and pharmacists.
The decision to include the two pharmacies in Cairo came in response to a decision by the state-run National Health Ministry in February to allow the establishment of a pharmacy, pharmacy training center, pharmacy-training school and a pharmacy with a pharmacy training and pharmacy service in the same building.
“We want to provide a place for people to get their prescriptions filled and a place to buy medicine,” said Abdulgadary, who is also a doctor.
A growing number of Egyptians now opt to go without prescriptions and use traditional medicine to treat their ailments, rather than the new, more expensive prescription drugs that have been approved for use in the past.
Egypt’s new laws are in line with what has been the practice of some Western countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, that have loosened restrictions on their citizens’ prescriptions.
They are a sign of the health care system’s increasing diversification.
In the United States, where the use of opioids is at record highs, more Americans are choosing to go out of their homes and use less-expensive drugs instead.
Egypt has a long history of medical tourism, a tradition that dates back at least to the first European settlement, when Egyptians began to use their skills to treat Europeans in the region.
It was an opportunity for Egyptians to travel and learn about medicine, the ancient Greeks had told their Greek neighbors, who had come to Egypt in the 10th century BC.
The practice has since flourished, and today more than 1 million Egyptians have studied medicine in their homeland.
But Egypt’s current medical tourism boom has come with a new set of restrictions, including those on the amount of time doctors can travel and on the number of doctors and pharmacy positions that can be created.
The new restrictions also make it more difficult for Egyptians seeking to move to other countries to find a job in the country.
As of April, there were just 4,942 medical residents in Egypt, according to the Ministry of Health, which tracks the number.
About 1.3 million people are registered with the Ministry’s National Center for Scientific Research.
The ministry said the increase in the number has been largely driven by people returning from overseas to visit family and friends in the Nile Delta and to attend medical school.
The number of medical staff working in Egypt is about the same as it was in 2008, but it has grown substantially in the last three years, according and the ministry.
In May, the number was at 2,066, up from 1,664 in 2016, according a ministry statement.
The increase in demand for doctors has prompted the ministry to create an online search engine to help find doctors in Egypt.
The website also provides information about the medical services that are available in Egypt to help Egyptians search for a doctor, said Abdelgaddar.
The search engine allows Egyptians to find doctors at clinics and hospitals that are open, as well as in private clinics and private hospitals.
For many, it is a first step to finding a doctor who can help them get their medical treatment.
“It is the first step toward finding a specialist in medicine, and also to finding the best way to go to a specialist,” said Abu Hamma, an assistant professor at Cairo University Medical Center, who has written about the issue of medical migration.
The government has also allowed the medical community to set up clinics in Cairo that specialize in general medical care, in addition to specialists in infectious diseases, pulmonary and endocrine disorders, and gastrointestinal disorders.
The Ministry of Medical Education and Research has also been working to bring medical students from outside the country to teach in Egypt and other countries.
“This is an opportunity to take the best of the world and bring it to Egypt,” said Dr. Mohammed Ayoub, an associate professor of medicine at Cairo’s al-Azhar University and the president of the medical school there.
He is one of the first doctors to be able to get residency training in the new program.
But there are many who are not sure about the benefits of working in a foreign country, he said.
“In Egypt, we do not have a good system for hiring doctors,” he said, adding that he is working to raise awareness about the risks of medical travel.
“Our students are not as well educated as they could be.”