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Hamad bin Khalifa Hospital in Mauritania announces remarkable biannual results

Hamad bin Khalifa Hospital in Mauritania announces remarkable biannual results

Tribune News Network
Doha
The Hamad bin Khalifa Hospital in Boutilimit, Mauritania, has published its semi-annual report on the medical activities and services offered during the first half of 2020 to improve the health conditions of the local communities of Boutilimit and neighbouring regions.
Operated and managed by the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) under the Education Above All (EAA) MOU, the hospital relies on its own resources and infrastructure, with a staff of 79 specialist physicians, nurses, assistants, social workers and administrative staff.
The hospital’s total budget for 2020 is nearly $1.3 million. It has four medical divisions – outpatient, inpatient, technical and emergency departments. There are six outpatient clinics for internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, general surgery, orthopedics and dentistry.
From January 1 to June 30, 2020, the 8-bed emergency department received 7,297 patients, including 5,799 multiple emergencies, 1,424 Ob-Gyn emergencies and 74 road traffic injuries. Performance indicators show that the hospital has achieved the main goal of reducing referrals to major hospitals in Nouakchott – no more than 24 referrals.
The outpatient department offers GP services with its six rooms during weekdays, while other specialties are available on the basis of three clinics per week. The Department has served 20,833 patients each year, including 8,853 children, 4,177 male adults and 7,803 female adults. They are divided as follows: GP (11,504), General Surgery (418), Pediatrics (1,561), Ob-Gyn (538), Dental (433), Orthopaedics (661), Pregnancy Care (1,414), Dermatology (2,121), Internal Medicine (1,188), and Ophthalmology (985).
The hospital currently has a capacity of 62 beds in four recovery departments (internal, pediatric, Ob-Gyn, and general surgery). The reported period saw 2,466 inpatients with a total stay of 5,980 days. The bed occupancy rate was 60.6 per cent, with an average stay of 2.4 days per patient. Since the hospital pays great attention to maternal and child health, the Ob-Gyn department has supervised 753 births, including 118 C-sections, with a surgical intervention percentage of 15%, which is much lower than the national figures, reflecting the improved performance of the department.
In the Biotechnology Department, which consists of three fully equipped operating rooms, a laboratory and a medical imaging unit, 353 surgeries were conducted in the areas of Ob-Gyn, orthopedics and general surgery. There were also 19,488 laboratory tests (average: 100 per day) and 2,881 medical images (average: 20 per day).
The hospital continued to provide training to students in public health schools, such as public health schools in Nouakchott, Rosso and Kiffa. A new batch of 36 trainees has been received over the last few months. In order to ensure the sustainability of professional capacity building, the hospital participated in a number of training courses with other organizations and organized internship and field training programs for nurses.
Social Services
With regard to social care, the Social Affairs Department has assisted 129 poor patients in accessing vital health services. Health care was provided to 780 pregnant women across Boutilimit under a partnership agreement with the National Reproductive Health Program.
Since the beginning of 2019, the hospital has been engaged in the national health initiative to combat viral inflammation by developing an automatic mechanism to vaccinate all newborns prior to discharge. Over six months, the new mechanism had a 100% coverage rate.
There have been public awareness-raising interventions to promote preventive health practices amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Information courses on the basic rules of prevention and what to do when dealing with a positive case have been held to protect health workers. Also, tips and educational posters were placed everywhere in the hospital premises.
The Hamad bin Khalifa Hospital was founded in 2007 under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Mozabint Nasser, through the Qatari-Mauritanian Social Development Foundation, which is under the supervision of the EAA, a global initiative aimed at creating new opportunities and hopes for the needy and under-served children, youth and women, particularly in the .affected by war, armed conflict, or natural disasters.
The strategic objective of providing high-quality health care at affordable prices for the poor is to avoid the need to travel for treatment in Nouakchott or abroad.

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