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“Congratulations, you’re pregnant”: A male Egyptian bus driver was left flabbergasted. (File picture.) Photo: Wikimedia Commons

An Egyptian bus driver was left flaggergasted after using his wife’s urine in a bid to avoid a mandatory drugs test, only to be told by officials: “Congratulations. You’re pregnant.”

Employees from the General Transport Authority were asked to submit a urine sample for the drugs test.

The driver possibly knew he was going to return a positive reading, so he asked his wife to provide some of her urine.

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On hearing the results of the test, he was shocked to find out his wife was pregnant,  the BBC reported, citing Egyptian news website Al-Yawm al-Sabi.

Tamer Amin, a presenter on Egyptian politics show Bottom Line, said officials asked the man to confirm the sample was his.

Amin said this made the whole encounter even more hilarious.

“This story, despite being funny, has several lessons,” Amin said.

“First, that drugs have become available to many and have become as common as cigarettes. This is a calamity.”

Egypt’s transport authority now requires employees to take a blood test as well as a urine sample to prevent fake samples being used.

According the the World Health Organisation, more than 12,000 people die on the roads in Egypt every year, which works out to be a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 people.

One in five people killed on Egyptian roads are pedestrians.

A reason for the man’s sneaky urine swap might have something to do with the proliferation of drugs in Egypt.

The inexpensive painkiller tramadol is extremely popular and helps workers through the day, given most are working two jobs on very little sleep, as reported by Al-Jazeera last year.

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