Egypt is facing a crisis in its healthcare system, with hospitals treating hundreds of thousands of people with severe hyponatreme and other complications.
In a letter sent on Monday to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, doctors and other health workers said the situation has deteriorated markedly in the last six months.
The number of deaths has more than doubled since the beginning of the year, according to a statement from the Medical Directorate of Health (MDH).
It has also risen rapidly in the country’s capital, Cairo, where more than 50,000 people have died in the first five months of this year.
The MDH has urged the government to immediately begin the immediate transition of the public health sector to a single, public-private system.
The statement said the MDH was also urging the government and the public to ensure that medical care and rehabilitation facilities are adequately staffed and equipped to handle the demands of patients.
The crisis has prompted widespread criticism of the medical system, particularly of the treatment of patients with serious illnesses.
A recent government report said only 15% of all hospitals were equipped with proper equipment and supplies.