Egyptians mock health minister for decision to play national anthem in hospitals

Minister Hala Zayed said her decision is meant to encourage patriotism. (Courtesy: Masrawy.com)
Updated 11 July 2018
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Egyptians mock health minister for decision to play national anthem in hospitals

  • Social media users described the move as a “joke”
  • Minister Hala Zayed said her decision is meant to encourage patriotism

CAIRO: The newly-appointed Egyptian health minister has stirred controversy after ordering hospitals to play the national anthem every day.
Minister Hala Zayed said her decision is meant to encourage patriotism and loyalty to the country, local media reported. But some social media users described the move as a “joke.”
“This also would remind physicians of their professional principals and the humanitarian and noble role they play in the society,” Zayed said.
Khaled Megahed, spokesman for Egypt’s health ministry, said the anthem would be played at 8am through hospitals’ internal radio followed by the doctor’s oath.
He said there’s no going back on the decision, adding that there won't be a morning assembly to greet the flag.
But many Egyptians said they cannot take the minister’s decision seriously, and that the government should focus on investing in the nation’s crumbling health service.
Well-known Egyptian TV host Amr Adeeb said on Wednesday: “Why do we have to provoke the patient and tolerant Egyptians who are anxiously waiting for hope, a proper health insurance and improvement of government hospitals, with such decisions?”


US police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies

Updated 17 July 2018
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US police post mugshot of lost dog, bail paid in cookies

  • Police tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short
  • It took a few hours before Bean’s owners tracked her down

CAPE MAY, N.J.: A dog is home after police in a New Jersey shore town posted its mugshot on social media.
Cape May Patrolman Michael LeSage found Bean the pug in a yard on Sunday. He tells The Star-Ledger of Newark he tried to get the dog to hop into his police car, but her legs were too short so he had to lift her.
Police posted a photo of Bean on Facebook with the caption: “This is what happens when you run away from home.” It took a few hours before Bean’s owners tracked her down.
Hadley Hubbard of Baltimore, Maryland, thanked police and posted that Bean was sound asleep after an exciting run.
LeSage posted that Bean paid her bail in cookies.