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 in a patient (65) who had suffered from blocked urination for years.
Describing the pre-surgery case, Dr al-Roubi said, “We made medical ultrasound imaging, which showed that the prostate was 80gm in size — larger than normal. During the operation, we were surprised to find that the prostate was much larger — around 180-200gm. We decided to remove the tumour using endoscopy, and we completed the surgery and removed the tumour in a very short time."
At his room, the patient, Abdul-Kareem Alyan, said he became better able to practise his normal life after the surgery, which put an end to what he had suffered since 2016. He valued the role of Dr al-Roubi and his team in the treatment. Last year, he had travelled abroad for a laser intervention, but back then he could not afford the high costs.
These surgical interventions are part of QRCS’s 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.
The multifaceted project involves a wide range of surgical specialisations, such as cardiothoracic, cardiovascular and orthopaedic surgeries. Under the project, there are local clinical pharmacy programmes and advanced minimally invasive surgery training. It supports the MSc in Health Care Management and Diploma in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, as well as the treatment of patients with phenylketonuria.
The overall budget of the project is $1.4mn, totally funded by QRCS.
Gaza is one of the top priorities in QRCS’s foreign operations. Last year, 21 humanitarian projects were implemented in different sectors to improve the quality of services provided for the population, QRCS said in a statement. The number of beneficiaries exceeded 1mn in total.
These included the Medical Expertise and Training Project, implemented at a cost of QR3,460,000, the Ultrasound Service Development Project for Health Care Centres (QR1,366,776) and the Improvement of Living Conditions for Poor Families Project ($500,000).
Three multi-specialty medical convoys were deployed at a total cost of QR329,340, while 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, as well as to build the capacity of local medical personnel through medical scholarships and recruitment of specialists to the blockade, the statement adds.