QRCS concludes a surgical project in Palestine

Doha: The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) Representation Mission in the West Bank and Jerusalem has completed a surgical project, at a total cost of $182,067 (QR 663,634).

As part of its medical convoy program in Palestine, the QRCS sponsored cleft lip surgeries for children and urological surgeries for patients with kidney disease, in cooperation with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) .

The project aimed to provide medical assistance to alleviate the suffering of patients in need of urgent surgery, to ensure advanced medical services for children born with cleft lip or cleft palate, to develop surgery departments of PRCS hospitals with medical and surgical equipment, reducing patients on waiting lists for specialized surgeries, and saving patients the high cost of treatment.

According to the project’s final report, operations were performed by local surgeons in urology specializations for 57 patients (against 50 initially targeted) and cleft lip/palate surgery for 60 children. Varying from minor to medium cases, the beneficiaries were selected from the waiting lists of the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH).

The procedures were hosted by PRCS hospitals in the cities of Al-Bireh and Hebron. The operating departments of the two hospitals were supplied with the necessary medical equipment, on the basis of the list established before the launch of the project.

Acquired through a public tender, the supplies included basic operating tables, Mayo tables, nephroscopes, ureteroscopes (adults), pump tube sets, retractors, cystoscopes ( adults), self-propelled transverse retractors, baby-poole suction tubes and other devices/tools.

This is a vital project that responds to the considerable need for such projects in different medical specialties. It has had a good impact in providing medical aid, alleviating the sufferings of poor Palestinian patients, supporting the operating departments of PRCS hospitals with the high-tech medical equipment to perform surgeries and reducing the number of patients on waiting lists for specialized surgeries.

Christine E. Phillips