* HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Hospital in Gaza launches second phase of cochlear, upper limb prosthesis implantation project

HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Hospital for Rehabilitation and Prosthetics in Gaza, which is funded by Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD), has announced the launch of the second phase of implanting the smart electronic upper limb prosthesis for 40 young persons and children from Gaza, in addition to conducting 50 cochlear implant surgery funded by the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs.
Deputy Director General of QFFD projects Sultan bin Ahmed al-Asiri affirmed the continuation of the support for a large number of projects and humanitarian interventions that achieve the vision of Qatar in alleviating the suffering of people around the globe, achieving the sustainable development for all, including its steadfast and supporting position for the Palestinian people and their rights, adding that enhancing the health aid represents a major priority for QFFD toward the most vulnerable and marginalised people to ensure that patients and people with special needs are accessing to the essential services to enjoy a better life.

Al-Asiri stated that the hospital, which has become operational for more than three years, has afforded paradigm services to thousands of patients and people with special needs from the Gaza Strip who had actually missed those services after years of suffering, hailing the hospital's operation crews and their persistent efforts which gave more hope for patients and people with special needs to be active persons in their communities.

In addition, the hospital launched the first phase of the project of implanting the smart electronic upper limbs prosthesis last March, through which 21 electronic upper limbs were implanted for young persons and children from Gaza, where the Qatari medical delegation has succeeded in conducting 247 procedures of cochlear implant since 2017.
Managing Director and Vice-Chairman of Hamad Hospital Dr Khaled Abdel Hadi said that the visit of the Qatari medical delegation carries good news for the people in Gaza, and is primarily fixated on three themes; the first one entails cochlear implantation for the tenth cohort (implantation of hope), which comprises 50 children suffering from hearing impairment, the second theme entails the launch of the second phase of implanting 40 sophisticated electronic upper limbs prosthesis for Gaza young persons, women and children, stating that the second phase of the workshop of implanting smart electronic limbs prosthesis features a holistic approach for complex amputation cases, such as double and short upper-limb amputation, in addition to the higher functional performance capabilities, where the beneficiary will be able to activate the wrist rotation technology helping him to seamlessly practice his or her daily life without hardship.
However, for the sake of ensuring the optimal utilisation of the limb, the patient will be subject to a post-implantation training plan to further get familiarised with the methods of utilising the high-tech limbs, he added, noting that the third theme will focus on training, upgrading and refining the skills of the cadre to achieve the persistent vision of the department in keeping pace with education, development and scientific research process in the hospital, where Prosthetics department crews will be trained on modern software that would candidly qualify them to afford the service based on the global quality standards.
General Director of the hospital Noureddine Salah emphasised that the constant visits by the Qatari medical delegations to the Gaza Strip will largely contribute to reducing disability and saving the lives of numerous patients who have been stranded due to the conditions the sector is going through, and helping them to continue their life and overcoming the disability challenges and illness.
HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Hospital for Rehabilitation and Prosthetics in Gaza, since it has become operational in 2019, has afforded its services to over 15,000 patients and people with disability through its key three departments, namely Prosthetics Department, Audiology and Balance Department and Medical Rehabilitation Department.
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