Egypt’s PM: country has sufficient stores of COVID-19 treatment medications

A September report from the Egyptian cabinet’s medical affairs secretariat has confirmed that the country currently has an adequate supply of medication to cover the treatment of patients afflicted by COVID-19, according to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

Madbouly reiterated his commitment to securing enough medical supplies within the country and following all treatment protocols for COVID-19, as specified by Egypt’s Ministry of Health.

The report included a list of the names and quantity of drugs that were obtained during the month of September.

The list included 2.5 million packages of azithromycin tablets, 233,000 bottles of azithromycin syrup, 5.2 million packages of acetaminophen tablets, 140,000 bottles of acetaminophen syrup, 1.6 million strips of zinc tablets, and 3.3 million strips of vitamin C tablets.

The PM’s medical advisor, Hossam al-Masry, confirmed that the acquired quantities will meet the needs of the local market for coronavirus patients, stressing that citizens do not need to panic and stockpile medicines.

During the coronavirus pandemic’s initial onset, Egyptians rushed to local pharmacies to buy medications rumored to help battle the virus, leading to severe shortages around the country.

Egypt’s Health Ministry confirmed 98 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the country’s total to 103,781. Nine patients died from the virus, raising the death toll to 5,990.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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