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QRCS deploys medical team to perform 160 surgeries in Bangladesh

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

Sep 4, 2022

Members of the Qatar medical delegation to Bangladesh.

Doha: The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has deployed a delegation from Doha to perform general surgeries in Bangladesh.

A medical team of consultants, doctors and nurses from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Sidra Medicine volunteered to participate in this project.

Upon arrival in Dhaka, the delegation was received by representatives of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and the Qatari Embassy in Bangladesh. The week-long medical convoy aims to reduce mortality and morbidity rates among poor patients, by providing free general surgery services to as many beneficiaries as possible, whether they are refugees in camps or the local community of Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf.

One of the development objectives of the project is to build the capacity of local health professionals, to help them perform better, by exchanging experiences with the medical team.

Members of the delegation are Dr. Jawhara Hamad Saif Al Qahtani (resident physician), Dr. Ambika Anand (senior consultant), Dr. Suhail Mohamed Gamal Ahmed (anesthesia consultant), Dr. Hassan Salem Baghazal (senior consultant), Dr. Dr. Sayed Mohamed Ali (Senior Consultant), Soha Hassan Ali (Nurse) and Dr. Izzedeen Gaafar (Medical Convoy Program Coordinator at QRCS International Relief and Development Division). In coordination with the Qatari Embassy in Bangladesh, the medical team will perform 160 surgeries, provide post-operative care and examine 700 patients at Teknaf Government Hospital and QRCS-operated BDRCS Field Hospital in the refugee camps.

Previously, patients were subjected to initial medical examinations, and the list of beneficiaries was drawn up, under a priority agenda set by local doctors, under the supervision of the QRCS representation mission in Bangladesh.

BDRCS and QRCS worked together on socio-economic studies to ensure the eligibility of beneficiaries. They also assessed the host hospital’s human resource and medical equipment needs. QRCS will cover the costs of medical consumables, drugs, examinations and staff salaries. Local healthcare professionals will attend the procedures, as continuing education.

This medical convoy is very important for the target community, due to lack of specialized surgeons, extreme poverty, scarcity of hospitals in refugee areas and poor quality health services.