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Egypt starts issuing 15 million coins to honour medical workers

Published: 11th Feb 2021 3:37 pm

Cairo: Egypt has started issuing 15 million commemorative coins in appreciation of the role played by medical workers in fighting Covid-19 in the country.

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“We have already started issuing the coins and making them available in the markets. The issuing of the 15 million coins will be completed within the next six months. But they will remain in the people’s hands for years as a coin’s lifespan varies between 15 and 20 years,” Sherif Hazem, an adviser to the Egyptian Finance Minister was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency.

He noted that there will be 10 million one-pound coins and 5 million half-pound ones, for they are frequently used by Egyptians in everyday life, “instead of issuing gold or silver commemorative coins to be collected only by a few people”.

The coins feature Egyptian doctors and nurses with the words “Medical Teams of Egypt”. Hazem explained that the “Medical Teams of Egypt” include doctors, nursing staff, paramedics and also administrative staff who played “a huge role” in fighting the pandemic nationwide.

“Commemorative coins raise people’s awareness of current events, projects and efforts,” he said, noting that such coins get the attention of the Egyptians, especially the youth.The gesture has been appreciated by medical personnel.

Mohamed Ali, undersecretary of the Health Affairs Directorate of Matrouh province in northern Egypt, said that it is “a wonderful idea that raises the morale of medical workers whose role has been greatly recognized after the pandemic”.

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