Egyptians mock health minister for decision to play national anthem in hospitals

Minister Hala Zayed said her decision is meant to encourage patriotism. (Courtesy: Masrawy.com)
Updated 11 July 2018
0

Egyptians mock health minister for decision to play national anthem in hospitals

  • Social media users described the move as a “joke”
  • Minister Hala Zayed said her decision is meant to encourage patriotism

CAIRO: The newly-appointed Egyptian health minister has stirred controversy after ordering hospitals to play the national anthem every day.
Minister Hala Zayed said her decision is meant to encourage patriotism and loyalty to the country, local media reported. But some social media users described the move as a “joke.”
“This also would remind physicians of their professional principals and the humanitarian and noble role they play in the society,” Zayed said.
Khaled Megahed, spokesman for Egypt’s health ministry, said the anthem would be played at 8am through hospitals’ internal radio followed by the doctor’s oath.
He said there’s no going back on the decision, adding that there won't be a morning assembly to greet the flag.
But many Egyptians said they cannot take the minister’s decision seriously, and that the government should focus on investing in the nation’s crumbling health service.
Well-known Egyptian TV host Amr Adeeb said on Wednesday: “Why do we have to provoke the patient and tolerant Egyptians who are anxiously waiting for hope, a proper health insurance and improvement of government hospitals, with such decisions?”


Two get life sentence in S.Africa ‘cannibalism case’

Updated 13 December 2018
0

Two get life sentence in S.Africa ‘cannibalism case’

  • Police refused to believe his claims until he took them to a house where more body parts were found
JOHANNESBURG: Two South African men accused of cannibalism were given life sentences for murder on Wednesday, with the judge saying they were guilty of “the most heinous crime,” local media reported.
Sitting at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, judge Peter Olsen sentenced Nino Mbatha, 33, and Lungisani Magubane, 32, to life in prison for the killing of Zanele Hlatshwayo last year, the Witness newspaper said.
Mbatha, a traditional healer, was arrested after handing himself in at a police station in Estcourt, a town in KwaZulu-Natal province.
He was carrying a bag containing a human leg and a hand, telling officers he was “tired of eating human flesh.”
Police refused to believe his claims until he took them to a house where more body parts were found.
A third man was acquitted on Wednesday. Seven people were initially arrested.
At earlier hearings in Estcourt, angry residents had gathered outside the courthouse to protest against the grisly murder.
South Africa has no direct law against cannibalism, but mutilating a corpse and being in possession of human tissue are criminal offenses.