Egypt is a country where people rely on emergency supplies and doctors who are paid well.
But for a number of people in the country’s capital of Cairo, it’s the pharmacy that’s their only source of health care.
That’s because the Egyptian army has closed its pharmacy to prevent the outbreak of an illness that has claimed thousands of lives in recent weeks.
The reason behind the decision, as explained by the Egyptian Medical Association, is the outbreak in the city of El Ezzaby, where more than 50 people have been infected with coronavirus and the outbreak has become a full-blown pandemic.
The hospital in El Ezaby has been shut down and doctors have been forced to travel to other hospitals in the capital to treat the patients, which has left the community feeling abandoned.
As of Sunday, there were 5,000 patients waiting to be taken to hospitals across Egypt, according to the Association for the Defence of Public Health.
The crisis in El El EZaby has prompted the government to declare a state of emergency in the state of Upper Egypt.
A curfew is in effect for the rest of the country and a military police unit is on the streets.
Egypt is a huge country and there are many hospitals in Cairo, which is why it’s been difficult to get the basics such as antibiotics and vaccines to people.
There are also many health centres and clinics across the country, but the government does not have the capacity to supply them.
In a country that’s one of the richest in the Middle East and Africa, the situation is especially devastating for the poorer Egyptians.
The country has a population of nearly seven million people and it’s estimated that the average family of four spends more than $50,000 a year on medicine.
But the situation for people like Farid, a resident of Cairo’s Tahrir Square who doesn’t have health insurance, is even worse.
Farid is an employee of an international healthcare company and he says he doesn’t even have enough to buy the basics like antibiotics and a vaccine.
“I’m not rich enough to afford medicine, I don’t have a bank account, I haven’t even a pension,” he told Al Jazeera.
“The government should provide healthcare for everyone, not just the rich.
They should provide free healthcare for everybody, especially for the people of Cairo.”
Dr Mohamed Ali, who is also a doctor at El Eizaby, told Al Jazeera that he believes the government should do more to alleviate the crisis.
“In the last five days, we’ve seen an increase in the number of patients coming to our clinic and many of them are dying,” he said.
“I don’t want to say we’re not doing anything, but we’re only one hospital.”
He added that the government is also not providing adequate medical treatment to people who are sick.
“There’s a very high number of illnesses among the poor people and among the young people, and the situation with them is very difficult,” he explained.
The situation in El Rode was so dire that the police officer who was sent to deal with the crisis told Al Arabiya that the emergency was already over.
“We had to evacuate the whole city,” he added.
“Many people who had been waiting for treatment in the hospitals died.”
The authorities are also struggling to find funds for healthcare workers who are struggling to stay in their homes after being laid off due to the outbreak.
“We have many doctors, nurses and pharmacists who are working hard and don’t get paid.
We have to take care of them and they are the ones who are suffering,” said Ali.
He added, “If we don’t do something soon, we will not be able to provide healthcare to our patients.”