Support service in Cairo to cooperate with Italian hospitals

To treat patients from Mideast and North Africa at top centers

24 July, 11:45

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, JULY 24 - A support service is being set up in Cairo for patients in North Africa and the Middle East who are in serious condition so they can be treated at top Italian hospitals.

    The initiative is called ''Elite Medical Services'' (www.ems-emea.com) and was set up by an Italian of Egyptian origin, Davide Maged, who works in biomedicine at the Italian hospital in Cairo Umberto Primo. His stated aim, already achieved in at least ten cases treated over the past two years, is to select the best hospital in Italy to treat patients who seek the services of EMS. Maged has an agreement with a top institution: the Policlinico San Donato whose cardiovascular ward Edmondo Malan, for example, is at the top in Italy with some 1,700 heart surgeries every year. There is also a privileged relationship with the European Institute of Oncology created and directed by Umberto Veronesi. Maged does not rule out the possibility of an agreement like the one signed in May with the IRCCS Policlinico San Donato. Less critical cases are treated at high-level hospitals in the Egyptian capital.

    ''Along with heart conditions and tumors, EMS is able to find solutions also for other types of pathologies based on decisions made by Italian specialists with whom we are in contact'', Maged told ANSAmed.

    As well as selecting the most appropriate center, EMS also fulfills all the procedures which often prevent a patient's trip from North Africa and the Middle East, like getting a visa or transporting a patient and finding a lodging for family. In this respect, Maged has the support of the Egyptian civil aviation to use air ambulances, in cooperation with Egypt Air, also with an EMS doctor on board, if necessary.

    To cut expenditure and limit the inconvenience for patients, EMS tries to have a round of consultations before organizing a trip aimed at treating a patient: ''there is also a service as a second option'', based on medical reports sent to centers and specialists with which Maged is in contact to establish the best course of action. The cost of a trip is beyond the means of most in Egypt and the area. However, ''part of the revenues go into a fund to treat people who need care but can't afford treatment'', said Maged, citing the case of two Egyptian children (Mario and Menna) who came from low-income families and were taken to Italy for a bone marrow transplant.

    ''It was the case of little Mario that made me aware of the need to create a service based on a high professional standards and ethics to help a person in dire need in a situation in which a serious interlocutor can make a difference, and this is how I came to strongly desire to create a bridge between Egypt's therapeutic needs and Italian healthcare excellence'', he said.

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