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Poor services in Egypt public hospitals come to light

The decision of Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb to transfer negligent physicians from hospitals in Cairo governorates to Upper Egypt has raised the ire of the public, which demands hospital reform.
Police guard an ambulance carrying the body of a pregnant Egyptian woman killed in a Dresden courthouse arriving for burial, at Cairo airport, July 5, 2009. Dresden prosecutors have charged a German-Russian man with fatally stabbing Marwa al-Shirbini, 31, in a courthouse in Dresden on Wednesday. The woman was at the court to testify against him on charges that he had called her a "terrorist" on a playground in 2008 because she was wearing a headscarf . REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT POLITICS CONFLICT) - RTR25C
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CAIRO — Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb paid a June 6 visit to the National Heart Institute and Theodor Bilharz Research Institute, both located in Giza governorate. Following the visits, Mehleb transferred a group of physicians from Giza to the Upper Egypt governorates, including Sohag, Qena and Luxor.

Soon after the prime minister's visits, an extensive mobilization campaign erupted on social networking sites. A Facebook page — the name of which translates as “So that he will not be surprised when he visits" — was set up June 7 to shed light on the poor conditions in public hospitals.

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