QRCS backs healthcare sector in Gaza
September 01 2019 10:27 PM


With a $1mn budget, QRCS is implementing a mega project to enhance the health sector in Gaza, by providing medical expertise and training to staff.

The multifaceted project involves hiring consultants in pulmonology, internal medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, neonatology, and urology.

Other capacity-building components of the programme include MA in Mental Health at the Al Quds University (Abu Dis campus) and Diploma in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG).

"I felt over the moon when I completed my study in Qatar in the specialty of internal medicine, allergy, and endoscopy," Dr Saber Al Sarfandi, consultant of internal and respiratory medicine at Nasser Medical Complex in the Gaza Strip, said, adding, "After seven years abroad, I returned to my homeland to help the patients here."

"Since my return, I have worked to improve the services provided for the patients with respiratory diseases, particularly in the southern, overpopulated governorates of Gaza. Capitalising on my practical experience in Qatar, I have performed over 150 endoscopies and I also contributed to building the capacity of local medical workers in relation to bronchoscopy," Al Sarfandi stated.

Also, Al Sarfandi diagnosed 75 patients with lung cancer and referred them to the Department of Oncology at the European Gaza Hospital.

From the beginning of 2019, Al Sarfandi has examined more than 1,200 cases at the Nasser Medical Complex's outpatient clinics, as well as undertaken follow-up at the inpatient departments.

"In the coming period, there are plans to develop the complex's upper endoscopy department. QRCS will procure interventional radiology and pulmonary function testing (PFT) systems, to be used in examining pulmonary embolism and other chronic diseases," Al Sarfandi added. 

Last updated: September 03 2019 10:10 AM

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