CAIRO (AP) — A decision by Egypt’s new health minister to have intercoms in state hospitals play the national anthem every morning, followed by a recitation of the Hippocratic oath, has set off a storm on social media.
The minister, Hala Zayed, insists her decision will help promote “patriotism and loyalty” and remind doctors of their “professional ethical code and humanitarian role.”
However, many Egyptians took to networking sites on Wednesday, ridiculing the move. Some suggested the minister should instead focus on improving conditions in derelict state hospitals.
Zayed’s edict may simply be a case of patriotic overdose amid a wave of new-found devotion for all things Egyptian.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has since taking power in 2014 struck a patriotic chord among Egyptians by his beloved and often-repeated mantra of “Long Live Egypt!”