Egypt, October 20 - Twenty days into the doctors' strike, 72% of outpatient clinics in 374 hospitals are operating normally, said Assistant to Health Minister Ibrahim Mustafa. Only 1.5% of outpatient clinics in 8 hospitals are completely shut while work is partially halted in 138 hospitals representing 26.5% of the clinics, Mustafa said in statements Saturday. Doctors began a strike October 1 to press for better working conditions, up to date equipment and higher salaries. Various T.V. and news reports have shown the debilitated status of state run hospitals, some even lacked a merely clean intensive care or kidney dialysis units. A massive shortage of medicine also hinders services at these hospitals. Another biting irritant is the wages of doctors which can get to a measly $50 dollars per month.