By: Mai Shaheen
CAIRO, Oct. 26 (SEE)- The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia will finance the Kasr Al-Ainy development plan 2020 through a $200 million loan.
The project will include raising the level of infrastructure and buildings, boosting the level of education and training services as well as developing the institutional and administrative systems. It will also raise the hospital’s capability by 300 percent, in addition to making it environmentally friendly, competing with international equivalents.
President of Cairo University Mohamed Othman Elkhosht adjusted recently seven distinct measures to enhance the hospital’s efficiency including the removal of staff absentees with no regard to justification, fixing a schedule of medical and nursing staff on a daily basis, applying strict sanctions over violating regulations, reducing the waiting phase of patients in emergency departments, lifting the performance of cleaning and maintenance, increasing administrative and security staff at the hospital, as well as appointing a deputy director for daily follow-up.
A few months ago, Kasr Al-Ainy officials witnessed the opening of the biggest and oldest museum of gynecological and obstetrics specimens, named after Naguib Pasha Mahfouz, who was a Royal Gynecologist and founder of the hospital’s department. The museum includes more than 1,300 samples of rare and mysterious cases from the early 19th century.
According to the figures, the hospital serves about 2.2 million patients annually. The hospital includes 6,400 cots and 4,000 faculty members spread through its 14 departments. The hospital provides 20% of Egypt’s health services, hosting more than 2000 patients on a daily basis. According to the latest statistics, the hospital receives 3 times the capacity it should, putting staff under greater strain.
The hospital is the largest medical edifice in Egypt and the Arab world. It was the first school of medicine during Mohammed Ali Pasha’s reign in 1827. The school has brought to the world many distinguished scholars who contributed to the scientific research.
Among them is leading autopsy physician Theodore Belarus, who was an assistant to Wilhelm Griesinger, Dean of the School of Medicine and chief physician at the hospital. Mohammed Ali also appointed German ophthalmologist Bruner Beck at the hospital’s educational department.
Scientist Mohamed Ghoneim, Surgeon Magdi Yacoub, Naguib Pasha Mahfouz, Haddad Ibrahim Badran, Sherif Mokhtar, and others were among thousands of Egyptians who contributed to the hospital.
Translation : Taarek Refaat