In July 2014, Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf opened a new clinic to identify and treat Hepatitis C and it’s complications. Egypt has the highest rate of Hepatitis C of any country in the world, and the area of Menoufia has the highest incidence in Egypt, with 20-25% of the population carrying this disease. Hepatitis C is a ‘silent’ disease which has no visible signs, until complications with intense bleeding occurs which can lead to death.
Harpur Memorial Hospital can now treat the complications of Hepatitis C using the new upper and lower endoscopy machine which was donated by Embrace the Middle East and the Irish Embassy in Egypt. As Harpur Memorial Hospital is a charity hospital which exists to serve the community, treatment is offered at a fraction of the cost of other hospitals in the area.
The hospital is also doing research on the causes and treatment of Type 4 Hepatitis C, and is offering blood tests to patients that come to the hospital for any reason. Out of the 1,500 patients tested to date, 24.5% have Hepatitis C. The infected patients are referred to the government hospitals where treatment of Hepatitis C is provided for free.
Praise God for the ministry of Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf which provides compassionate medical care for more than 100,000 patients each year. Pray for Dr. Ehab Fahmy, as he leads this new clinic, and pray that the hospital would continue to show God’s love.