The representation mission of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), in co-operation with Palestine’s Ministry of Health (MoH), continues to execute the Gaza Specialised Surgeries Support Project, which involves hiring medical experts to offer surgical and other medical services, with a total budget of $1.4mn (QR5,103,000).
The overall objectives of the project are to back the health sector of Gaza, ensure the availability of high-quality medical and surgical services, and build the capacity of staff at health facilities of the blockade. The number of beneficiaries is estimated at 18,000 patients per year, in addition to the local medical professionals. Faisal Mohamed al-Emadi, executive director of Relief and International Development Division at QRCS, said an executive agreement was signed with MoH as a beneficiary and partner.
"Our mission there worked together with MoH to nominate the consultant physicians to be hired under the project and identify their respective tasks. Some already contracted physicians under the previous health system support project were re-contracted, to preserve the merits and targets of the project”. The contracted experts covered the specialties of cardiothoracic surgery, urology, pulmonology, cardiology, anaesthesia, cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, and plastic surgery.
Over the course of the project, they performed 3,786 surgical interventions, offered 14,128 outpatient consultations, and treated 156 injured victims of the recent war on Gaza. Regarding other activities, 74% of the purchased items have already been supplied under a tender to procure medical equipment and consumables for open-heart surgeries. The supplies are successively delivering the remaining items.
All the purchased items under the clinical pharmacy programme were supplied, including printers, computers, and tablets to be used in computerising the pharmacy workflow at MoH’s hospitals, instead of the currently applicable paperwork system.
Under the QRCS-funded MA of Health Policy and Management Programme, the students are pursuing their postgraduate studies in the second semester. A total of 20 students on scholarships are studying remotely for Diploma in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. The third semester is completed, and they are attending their internships.
At the Ahli Arab Hospital, a minimally invasive surgery training course was completed, with 64 trainees divided into six groups.
The tender to supply medications for children with phenylketonuria is in progress. Also, 10 laptops were procured for Palestine Medical Council to facilitate the Arab Board examinations in Gaza. Lastly, 77 digital thermometers were provided for primary schools to enforce coronavirus control and preventive measures.