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QRCS Enhances Cardiothoracic Surgery Services in Gaza [EN/AR]

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February 4th , 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has recently procured high-tech medical equipment for the Al-Shifaa Medical Complex's specialized surgery building, to be used in cardiothoracic surgeries.

According to Dr. Raed Al-Oraini, Head, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Al-Shifaa Medical Complex, this is the first time in history that such a major endoscopic operation is performed by a local surgical team to remove pulmonary cysts for an 80-year- old at Gaza's public hospitals.

"This contribution by QRCS is highly appreciated. With the newly arrived technology, we have so far performed three successful surgeries, which need an incision of only 2 cm, unlike traditional surgeries that involved cutting as long as 15-20 cm," he explained.

Cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Al-Oraini said, is a complicated procedure that requires special skills to tackle emergency and chronic cases. A larger and better-trained medical cadre of cardiothoracic surgeons is necessary to serve Gaza's 2 million population. "

This success will reduce the bill of treatment abroad and pave the road for donors like QRCS to do more for the advancement of health services in Gaza," he commented.

Eng. Abdullah Al-Madhoun, the specialized surgery building project manager at QRCS's Mission in Gaza, stated that the new supplies included two cardiothoracic surgery endoscopes for adults and children, surgical instruments, and the latest world-class medical equipment.

These procurements are part of the specialized surgical building development project, with $18 million funding from the Programme of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Reconstruction of Gaza, under the supervision of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

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About Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.

QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 190 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts — a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs.

QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. QRCS's humanitarian actions include providing support in disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction, and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare, and social development to local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. For more information, please contact Fareed Adnan, Head of Media Affairs, Communication Department, Tel.: +974 5583 7338, email: fareed@qrcs.org.qa.