Italian hospital in Cairo gets a boost

New operating theatres, outpatient clinic for excellence

10 November, 12:04

    (by Rodolfo Calò) (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, NOVEMBER 10 - The 300-bed Italian Umberto I hospital in Cairo is set to boost its services with new operating theatres, an outpatient clinic and more bed spaces.

    The 1.8 million euro revamp will involve a radical overhaul of the four existing operating theatres and the creation of two more, according to Eugenio Benedetti Gaglio, great grandson of the hospital's founder Empedocle Gaglio and president of the Società Italiana di Beneficenza (SIB) that owns it. The plans will be presented at the Egyptian embassy in Rome on January 30 as part of celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gaglio, who established the hospital in 1903. "The initiative is awaiting sponsorship," the Sicilian philanthropist and Knight Grand Cross said.

    The hospital has already used the sponsorship formula several times in the past: in 2008 to purchase 16 post-operative recovery units; in 2011 to purchase a birth table and 12 incubators for newborn babies for the gynaecological unit; and in 2013 to purchase a new generation CT scanner, according to vice president Anna Maria Benedetti.

    Four Rome Rotary Clubs were among the benefactors, she told ANSAmed. In Egypt charity initiatives of this nature have an extremely positive return in terms of reputation with ministerial authorities. Meanwhile, a new two-storey outpatient department is due to be completed by January to replace the old one, which will be used to create new bed space. The expansion comes as similar structures in other Middle Eastern cities such as Aleppo and Damascus but also in the stable Jordanian capital Amman have closed.

    Umberto I funds itself through private patients, but it also performs a social function by offering discounts of up to 50% for the less well off. In addition, it provides treatment for approximately 80 destitute Italian families with dual nationality and to Italian tourists who are unable to meet the cost of emergency transporation to Italy. SIB always ensures leverage to facilitatereturnon investment, for example by putting down a deposit on the purchase of equipment in installments. (ANSAmed).

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