There were lots of pleas for help. By 2 p.m, Raba Mokhtar had picked the 131st call to the hotline of the Mersal Foundation. Just like most calls for assistance, it was related to the coronavirus.
A woman called describing a relative’s condition. He’s a 67-year-old man that had tested positive for Coronavirus. He had difficulty breathing and his fever was type 100-degree. They initially tried the hotline of the Health Ministry to get a bed in a government hospital, but all efforts proved abortive. Mokhtar confirmed, questioning the woman and writing down the answers
So, you called them and they placed him on a waiting list? And he needs an intensive care unit?Mokhtar
In a nation where the health resources of the government is either inadequate or can be stretched and where most people don’t have the fee to visit the hospital, a once little-known charity has come in to save thousands of Egyptians.
In 2020, most especially during the latest wave of the virus, the Mersal Foundation has stepped in for people with the virus to pay for beds in private hospitals and even provided oxygen tanks to those needing it.
Mersal and Heba Rashed (its founder), have gained the people’s trust that over a quarter-million people have followed her social media accounts just to learn and understand how the pandemic has really affected Egypt. Today, many Egyptians work with the assessments of Rashed. On 13th January, a popular blogger, the Big Pharaoh tweeted that:
Founder and CEO of the NGO @Mersalcharity, one of the most trusted voices on Covid19 in Egypt, states that there is a slight decline in number of cases. A similar report of her during wave 1 preceded a decline. Situation is still very serious, but let’s hope.The Big Pharaoh