UAE's Julphar sends life-saving medicine to Cairo crash survivors

100,000 tubes of MEBO burn ointment sent to Cairo hospitals.

A rescue worker inspects the damage after a fire caused deaths and injuries at the main train station, in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019.

A rescue worker inspects the damage after a fire caused deaths and injuries at the main train station, in Cairo, Egypt, February 27, 2019.

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UAE - Julphar, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in the Middle East and Africa region, has sent more than 100,000 tubes of life-saving MEBO burn ointment to hospitals in Egypt following a train crash in the country's capital.

The urgent request for medical supplies was made directly to Julphar's Egypt office by the Egyptian Ministry of Health based on the recommendations of plastic surgeons. Egypt is one of the UAE-based pharmaceutical company's key markets and the MEBO ointment is the leading product in the wound and burn treatment in Egypt.

At least 25 people were killed and dozens more injured after a train crashed at high speed into a barrier at Cairo's main station, causing its fuel tank to explode. The single railcar was said to have been travelling too fast when it collided head-on with the barrier. Almost 50 people were injured in the crash and require urgent medical treatment.

Dr Magdy Al Saaty, Senior Director of Julphar, Egypt Cluster, said: "We responded immediately to an urgent request to supply a large volume of MEBO ointment to treat the many casualties who have suffered severe burns, many of whom are now in critical condition. As one of the region's biggest pharmaceutical companies, it is our duty to supply medicines to patients in need and we are working hand in hand with the emergency services and hospital staff to ensure we are able to meet their high demands.

"Our teams on the ground in Egypt are working around the clock to provide any assistance and support. We have allocated extra resources and we remain ready to help in any way we can."

MEBO, one of Julphar's leading products, is an innovative patented formula, composed of a combination of natural ingredients such as beta-Sitosterol, sesame oil and beeswax. It has demonstrated its efficacy in acute and chronic wound management and has more than 20 years of success in the region.

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