Egypt’s armed forces are coordinating with the health ministry to provide baby formula at a low price to face a monopolistic market, said the army spokesman on Saturday. Last Thursday, dozens of mothers demonstrated in Cairo against a hike in prices and severe shortage of baby formula after the Minister of Health announced that the subsidised infant milk will only be available in 1,005 Primary Health Care Units across the country and will not reach any pharmacies as before. Minister Ahmed Emad said then that the decision was made to combat leaking and unlawful trading of the formula and to make sure that it reaches the people who need it. But families held protests outside Egyptian Pharmaceutical Trading Company in Cairo demanding an immediate solution for the crisis as some traders exploit the shortage in the milk and sell it at high prices.

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