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The representation mission of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Yemen has recently provided medical and logistical supplies for the country’s health facilities at a cost of $121,974. The aid was part of a larger scheme that will continue until the end of 2020 with a total budget of $739,162.
With $53,400 in funding from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), QRCS provided medical anaesthetic equipment and vital sign monitors for the Al-Thawra Modern General Hospital.
During a visit to the hospital, a delegation from the QRCS and UNHCR met with Professor Abdullatif Abo Taleb, chairman of the hospital, who emphasised the role of QRCS in extending much-needed technical and medical assistance to health facilities.
“I would like to thank the QRCS for their continued support,” said Prof. Abo Taleb. “They are a major contributor to Yemen’s hospitals and the only contributor to us in 2020. In partnership with the UNHCR, they have provided us with a number of high-tech specialized devices that have saved many lives in harsh conditions and a widespread pandemic.”
These provisions, he added, saved time and effort in treating the patients and helped to have the medical examinations done at the hospital, instead of the too expensive private labs.
Dr. Hamza Al-Shibani, the project’s manager at QRCS’s mission, said the medical equipment procured for the Al Thawra Modern General Hospital would make a big difference in the health services provided for Yemenis and refugees.
“We are proud of our partnership with QRCS, which has proved to be a success,” said Dr Mohamed Al-Jaloud, Health Officer at the UNHCR Country Office. “This is timely support in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak, helping both the host community and the refugees.”
He promised to continue working on joint projects with QRCS, expecting remarkable success.
At the same time, QRCS provided protective supplies to the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Amanat Al Asimah, the Matnah Hospital in the Bani Matardi district of Sana’a, and the quarantine facility in the Qahza area of Sa’dah.
These included $50,440 worth of sanitisers, disinfectants, detergents and medical equipment.
Dr. Wafaa Al-Shibani, programme manager at the QRCS mission, said, “There is a serious shortage of protective equipment needed to control the Coronavirus pandemic. As the authority responsible for the supervision of hospitals and health centres, medical professionals in the Ministry of Public Health are particularly at risk of infection.
“We focused on health facilities that have not received UN support because they are located in remote areas with a high population density,” she said. “The recipient hospitals welcomed the humanitarian and fraternal role of QRCS in preventing the spread of the virus.”
With funding from the UN Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF), QRCS has acquired computers, printers, photocopiers and office furniture from the Ministry of Public Health in Amanat Al Asimah.
Dr. Al Shibani held a meeting with Muthar Al Marouni, Director of the Sana’a Health Office, to discuss the growing needs of the health sector due to the current situation. Al Marouni highlighted the urgent need for support, as a number of humanitarian organisations have stopped their activities. He thanked QRCS for continuing its humanitarian work there.
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