We have recently heard a curious tale concerning the numerous pharmacies in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. One holidaymaker advises that information given to him by local people, suggest that there are a number of pharmacies in this resort that are either owned or run by unqualified staff. This article appears to support this notion, although I disagree with the writer as to how illnesses are contracted!
Given the very large numbers of holidaymakers who have reported serious gastric illness and notifiable diseases this holiday season, we also discovered this old article on the BBC news website about the waterborne parasite, bilharzia. It begs the question, with so many illnesses not apparently having a diagnosis, is there a much wider health threat than is being currently acknowledged?
From our perspective, complaints from Egypt have soared this year, and holiday representatives appear to be freely recommending holidaymakers to pharmacies and/or branded drugs. Perhaps the Egyptian Ministry of Health could provide reassurance to British Holidaymakers as to the nature of illnesses around the Sharm el Sheikh area, and more particularly, reassurance as to the qualifications of pharmacies and their staff in this area?