Hospitals on high alert ahead of Friday protests

Hospitals have been placed on high alert ahead of Friday's planned demonstrations, according to a Health Minstry source. The ministry has raised the state of alert for hospital reception areas, blood banks and radiology departments in particular.

The source said that more than 30 ambulances are to be stationed close to Tahrir Square and in other likely flashpoints, particularly in the downtown area of Cairo.

The source added that medical and emergency services were preparing for a number of possible eventualities, and that staff numbers had been boosted to deal with the increased workload.

States of alert have also been raised for ambulance stations nationwide, and responses to major incidents would be coordinated through the ministry's central emergency control room, said the source.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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