Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) announced the opening of an emergency obstetric care centre at Khalifa General Hospital in Al-Turbah City, Taiz.
The project, co-funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), aims to provide comprehensive healthcare services for vulnerable Yemenis.
During the opening ceremony, Dr Rajeh al-Maliki, director-general of the Public Health and Population Bureau, said: “The inauguration of the emergency obstetric care centre at Khalifa General Hospital is aimed at expanding significant services to Al-Shamayatayn and neighbouring districts of Taiz and Lahj Governorates”.
“Warm thanks to QFFD and UNFPA for their generous funding to alleviate the suffering of people. QRCS remains a key partner that has previous and ongoing contributions to services at health centres and public hospitals across Taiz,” he added.
Dr Abdulrahman Saleh, director-general of the hospital, said: “For the hospital’s management, the onset of work at this important centre is a long-awaited dream come true. A lot was done by international and local partners to rehabilitate and furnish the hospital to serve more than 1.2mn people. According to statistics, more than 15 C-section inpatients are referred to governorate centres every day. With this achievement, we will be able to alleviate people’s suffering and reduce the trouble and risks of travel”.
Dr Amatulrahman Saleh, obstetric/gynaecology surgeon at Khalifa General Hospital, said the centre will provide quality services for all seekers of medical help, helping to reduce pregnancy and childbirth complications.
Dr Hudhayfa Hazaa, the project’s co-ordinator, said: “The rehabilitation and operation of the emergency obstetric care centre at the hospital comes in response to the appeal and suffering of the community. Together with partners, we will keep supporting the target health facilities, by paying staff remuneration, running the laboratory and pharmacy, and providing the medical supplies and equipment needed”.
Going on since March 2021, the “Comprehensive Health Care Services for Vulnerable People” project has $7mn funding from QFFD and UNFPA. It aims to support 11 health facilities in three Yemeni governorates: Sana’a, Taiz, and Al-Hudaydah.
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