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QRCS sponsors 182 major surgeries for people in Gaza Strip

QRCS sponsors 182 
major surgeries for
people in Gaza Strip

Tribune News Network
In a sophisticated surgery that lasted for hours inside the operating room of the Al-Shefaa Medical Complex in Gaza, Dr Iad Al Roubi, a senior urologist hired by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), and his medical team managed to remove a big prostate gland enlargement from a 65-year-old patient who suffered blocked urination for years.
Describing the pre-surgery condition of the patient, Dr Roubi said, “We made medical ultrasound imaging, which showed that the prostate was 80 gm in size, large than normal. During the operation, we were surprised to find that the prostate was much larger — around 180-200 gm. We decided to remove the tumour using endoscopy, and we completed the surgery in a very short time.”
The patient, Abdul-Kareem Alyan, said he is able to do things better after the surgery, which put an end to his suffering since 2016. He thanked Dr Roubi and his team for the treatment. Last year, he travelled abroad for a laser intervention, but came back as he couldn’t afford the high costs.
These surgical interventions are part of QRCS’ Specialised Surgery Support Project in Gaza. Since December 2019, 182 significant surgeries have been performed and 1,506 patients have been treated at the outpatient clinic and department of urology at the Al-Shefaa Medical Complex under the project.
The multifaceted project involves a wide range of surgical specialisations, such as cardiothoracic, cardiovascular and orthopaedic surgeries. Under the project, there are also local clinical pharmacy programmes and advanced minimally-invasive surgery (MIS) training. It supports the MSc Healthcare Management and Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (DAIC), as well as the treatment of patients with phenylketonuria (PKU). The overall budget of the project is $1.4 million, completely funded by QRCS.
Gaza is one of the top priorities in QRCS’ foreign operations. Last year, 21 humanitarian projects were implemented in different sectors, to improve the quality of services provided for the population. The number of beneficiaries exceeded around 1 million in total.
These included the Medical Expertise and Training Project, at a cost of QR3,460,000, the Ultrasound Service Development Project for Health Care Centers (QR1,366,776) and the Improvement of Living Conditions for Poor Families Project ($500,000).
Three multi-speciality medical convoys were deployed at a total cost of QR 329,340, and 30 cochlear implants were secured for children with partial hearing loss, as part of the frequent visits by the Qatari Cochlear Implant Delegation to Palestine.
This year, QRCS will continue to back the health sector of Gaza by launching many new projects to upgrade the infrastructure of health facilities and build the capacity of local
medical personnel through medical scholarships as well as to recruit specialists to the Strip.