Doctor loses sight fighting coronavirus in Cairo

Ten doctors have died in Egypt and 178 have been infected while fighting the coronavirus, according to the Doctors Syndicate. (AFP)
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Updated 15 May 2020

Doctor loses sight fighting coronavirus in Cairo

CAIRO: The Egyptian government will treat a doctor for free after he lost his eyesight while working in a coronavirus quarantine hospital. 

The doctor, Mahmoud Samy, lost sight in both eyes after suffering from high blood pressure that affected the ophthalmic artery. 

Although Samy was not blinded directly by the virus, government officials said that he will be transferred from Kafr El-Sheikh Hospital to the International Medical Center and treated at the state’s expense. 

The Health Affairs Department in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate, north of Cairo, said that Samy, a fever specialist at Bella Hospital, was left blind after suffering from high blood pressure while working in the quarantine hospital in Balteem. 

In a statement, health officials said that Samy suffered from breathing difficulties and high blood pressure. His health deteriorated on May 9, and he received first aid and underwent a CT scan. Later he was taken by ambulance to the intensive care unit in Kafr El-Sheikh Chest Hospital. 

Samy tested negative for the coronavirus, but after his condition improved, he discovered he was unable to see. 

In a media statement made while in intensive care, Samy said that he did not regret carrying out his duties. 

“If it happened all over again, I would perform my duty as a doctor,” he said. 

“I hope that God cures me and gives me back my eyesight so I can go back to work and help my colleagues fight the coronavirus. 

“I do not regret carrying out my duty. May God help doctors, nurses and the state in fighting this pandemic.” 

Dr. Amr Abu Samra, head of the Kafr El-Sheikh Doctors Syndicate, said that specialists are monitoring Samy’s health and providing him with emotional support. 

Ten doctors have died in Egypt and 178 have been infected while fighting the coronavirus, according to the Doctors Syndicate. 

The most recent death was Dr. Karem Mahmoud Abul Magd, head of the Internal Medicine Department in Luxor International Hospital, who died of COVID-19 late on Wednesday in Aswan Quarantine Hospital in Upper Egypt. 

Dr. Kawthar Mahmoud, head of the Nurses Syndicate and head of the Central Department for Nursing in Egypt, said that so far six nurses have died from COVID-19. 

The latest victim was Soheir Helmy, a nurse in El-Demerdash Surgery Hospital, who fell ill while working in the quarantine hospital in Abour.


Lebanon extends coronavirus regulations until July 5

Updated 4 min 33 sec ago

Lebanon extends coronavirus regulations until July 5

DUBAI: The Lebanese government has extended its ‘general mobilization against coronavirus’ for another four weeks.
The extension, the sixth since it was first adopted on March 15, was based on recommendations from Lebanon’s Higher Defense Council.
“The measures are still urgent to avert any second wave whose consequences will be difficult to treat,” the country’s information minister Manal Abdel-Samad said.
Lebanon’s government is still committed to the five-stage plan of reopening and security forces will help oversee violations of measures, he added.
Authorities have started the second wave of financial aid distribution to those negatively impacted by COVID-19, Prime Minister Hassan Diab meanwhile said.
The government has included more beneficiaries ‘n line with field studies carried out by the Lebanese Army in direct cooperation with the Interior Ministry, municipalities and mokhtars,’ Abdul-Samad said.
Authorities will allow protests if people wear masks, avoid blocking roads, do not vandalize public or private properties, refrain from clashing with security forces and non-participating civilians, she added.
“We are with the right to protest but that right can transform into chaos if there is a return to blocking roads, vandalizing public and private property … I don’t think that any Lebanese person accepts these practices, which don’t resemble democratic expression,” Abdul-Samad said.