Egypt’s Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said on Monday that health and improving human life are major African challenges.
Addressing closing session of the 2nd Conference on Liver Disease in Africa (COLDA) 2019, Abdel Ghaffar underlined the need to support scientific research that would contribute to improving the health of African people in line with the African development agenda 2063.
Moreover, he reviewed Egypt’s role in exchanging its expertise in the field of fighting hepatitis C, and organizing the “100 million healthy lives” campaign in coordination with African countries.
Egypt also organized several workshops involving African specialists to exchange experience in this field, transfer knowledge and technology to all countries of Africa, as well as providing training courses for African doctors in various medical majors, according to the minister.
He also stressed the importance of organizing such scientific activities in the fight against the spread of liver diseases in the African continent, praising the scientific cooperation between Egypt and the African countries in combating endemic diseases in Africa, in order to reach a continent free of diseases and epidemics.
The minister pointed out that Egypt organized the first African health conference under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi earlier this year, which issued many significant recommendations, foremost of which; strengthening the network of medical schools in Africa and supporting the medical research.
Moreover, Abdel Ghaffar pointed out that the Egyptian medical schools have sent medical convoys to Africa, during which 1000 cases were examined and more than 600 surgical operations were carried out in various African countries.
The closing session COLDA kicked off earlier Monday, at one of Cairo’s famous hotels.The event was attended by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Mateny, Ain Shams university president, in addition to a galaxy of Egyptian and African researchers and experts.
Noteworthy, COLDA 2019 is organized by Egyptian Society of Virology (ESV), in cooperation with Ain Shams university and local associations.
The conference aims at qualifying healthcare professionals in Africa to diagnose, prevent and treat liver disease to improve the lives of patients in Africa, support collaboration, as well as paving the way for doctors, researchers, policy makers, industry men and healthcare professionals in Africa to share knowledge regarding latest laboratory developments and new experiences related to liver disease.
Contributed by Nada Mustafa