By Andrew Kwon, Reuters Egyptian doctor Ahmed Ali Al-Bakr believes it is no coincidence that a number of countries are having so much trouble dealing with the virus.
“There are so many countries in Africa where the situation is so bad that people are living in their cars and driving everywhere,” said Al-Bsakr, who is in charge of the country’s 24-hour pharmacy service.
He said he and his colleagues have been providing the medicine to pharmacies and other locations for two years now.
Dr Al-Kheir, who has treated patients in Sierra Leone and Guinea, said the crisis was the result of the same factors that have fuelled the current outbreak: an overabundance of cheap and available drugs.
The West African country has the world’s largest population of Ebola patients, and there have been more than 6,000 confirmed cases and more than 1,000 deaths.
In Africa, health care systems have long struggled to meet demand.
While hospitals are generally able to keep up with rising numbers of new infections, the lack of medication and equipment has created a shortage that has caused some pharmacies to close.
Ebola, which has killed more than 9,300 people in the past 14 years, is a pandemic.
With limited medication, patients are often too sick to work or even walk, and patients with weakened immune systems have been able to survive, but it has made them more vulnerable to infection.
Al-Baker said pharmacies had been reluctant to offer 24-hours prescriptions since the start of the outbreak, when there were limited supplies.
However, the situation has improved recently, he said, adding that pharmacies have also been willing to pay for the service.
“The people in charge are very patient, very understanding and very understanding of what we’re doing, and they’re willing to do it,” he said.
There are only about 200 pharmacies across Egypt, and all of them have signed up to Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis’ 24-Hour Pharmacy service, which is also run by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The service offers up to five doses of drugs for the price of one.
It is run by a group called Ansar al-Islam, a group linked to the Islamic State (IS) that has taken control of much of the Sinai Peninsula.
The group has issued a fatwa in support of the pharmacies’ mission and says the drug is a cure for many ailments.
Islam has been running pharmacies for two decades, and has been able hold on to the business despite the virus crisis.
Egypt has a long history of exporting medicine, particularly from Western countries, to the region.
It is also a major exporter of weapons to Africa, including the Kalashnikov assault rifles, which are exported to Libya and Mali.
But the influx of foreign pharmaceuticals into the region has made its domestic market vulnerable.
Health care has been a key focus of the military-led government, which seized power in a military coup in 2013.
This has created problems for the country, where medical services have been under pressure since the revolution.
A large part of the nation relies on imported medicines, such as antibiotics and painkillers, to treat infections and prevent the spread of other diseases.
During the 2011-2013 Arab Spring, the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi, and the country was placed under a state of emergency.