Through its health performance program arm, the Saudi Kingdom’s Ministry of Health granted the Children’s Cancer Hospital Foundation, CCHF 57357, an award for its remarkable efforts in serving the health system in Egypt and the Arab world. The awarding ceremony took place yesterday February 5th, 2023 in attendance of ambassador Ahmed Farouk, Egypt’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia and his deputy, Minister plenipotentiary Deyaa Hamad.
The award was received by Dr. Amr Ezzat Salama, chairman of the board of trusties of the CCHF 57357 and Egypt’s former minister of high education, on behalf of Dr. Sherif Abouel Naga, the 57357 group CEO and the Hospital’s general manager, whose health condition prevented him from attending the ceremony.
In a recorded video for the occasion, Dr. Abouel Naga expressed his regrets for being unable to attend the ceremony because of his health condition and said; “Hospital 57357 opened in 2007 with 180 beds; with time, the number of beds increased to 386 beds in 2020. Hence, Hospital 57357 became the largest children’s cancer hospital in the world in terms of capacity. Since its inception and until the end of 2020, the Hospital served 94955 patients, with an over-all survival rate of 71.7%. Through applying latest treatment protocols and using up to date technology, we hope to reach the world survival rate of 83%. The number of patients coming to the Hospital to complete their treatment exceeded 18000 annually , where the Hospital is admitting more than 3000 new cases annually”
Dr. Abouel Naga concluded saying: “Every child in the Hospital is considered like our own son; Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been and will always be supportive to each other”.