Mohamed Salah, winger for Liverpool and the Egyptian national team, donated oxygen cylinders and an ambulance to his hometown, in the Egyptian region of Gharbia, to help treat people affected by Covid-19 at a time when the country battles a second wave of infections.
“We have 14 oxygen cylinders within the Mohamed Salah Charitable Foundation. They help the people of the village of Nagrig (Salah’s birthplace), as well as those of the surrounding villages, ”said Hassan Bakr, director of the foundation, adding that the oxygen cylinders are delivered directly to the homes of the sick. .
“We also have an ambulance delivered by Mohamed Salah, which has been operational since July 2020 (…) this also helped us during the coronavirus to transport patients to isolation hospitals,” he said.
Salah, current top scorer in the 2020-21 Premier, with 13 goals, maintains a close connection with the small and poor town where he was born, about 130 kilometers north of Cairo, and donates about 53,000 euros a year to the foundation , according to the group. Salah himself, 28, tested positive in November for the coronavirus.
The Government of Egypt has confirmed 150,753 infections and 8,249 deaths since the start of the pandemic more than 10 months ago. However, health officials say the true number is likely to be much higher due to the relatively low rate of coronavirus tests and the exclusion of private test results.