Qatar Charity’s (QC) office in Gaza has implemented 15 health projects in Gaza Strip during the period 2008-18 at a cost of QR66m. Around two million people benefited from the projects.
The health projects were carried out with the support from the people in Qatar in cooperation with QC’s various partners which aimed at supporting the health sector of Gaza, as it is suffering from the deteriorating situation and a severe shortage of medicines and medical supplies, especially in times of emergency, said a release.
The ‘Poor Patient Project’ is one of QC’s significant health projects, through which the charity contributed to covering the operation costs of 1,155 poor patients who were in need of emergency surgery. The project also contributed to the payment for some urgent therapeutic drugs and tests, which were not available at the UNRWA hospitals or clinics. The project amounted to a total of QR350,000.
Another project was implemented at a cost of over QR7m for civilians wounded because of the attacks on the Gaza Strip. The project included the provision of medicines, medical consumables and laboratory materials to the hospitals and primary health care centers of the Gaza Strip.
The project also included the provision of a CT scan machine, office equipment, office furniture to the Diagnostic Radiology Department at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the central governorate of the Gaza Strip.
The Harmonic Scalpel, a surgical instrument, has been provided, as part of this project, to the Indonesian hospital in the Gaza Strip. The instrument contributed to offering better services and developing surgical services at the hospital.
Qatar Charity has implemented a project to support the health services in the Gaza Strip by providing medicines, medical consumables and laboratory materials to the hospitals of the Ministry of Health. This project included the provision of the medical equipment and instruments to the rehabilitation service providers in the private sector in favour of the wounded and people with special needs.
Also, through this project, medical equipment and instruments and electric chairs have been given to the wounded and people with special needs, focusing on people with motor disabilities. The project costed over QR12m. Another project was implemented to provide the hospitals with electromechanical equipment and systems at a cost of QR7m.
According to international statistics, there is still a need to implement more health projects in the Gaza Strip, as it suffers from the shortage of medicines by 45 percent, and there is a severe shortage in laboratory supplies by 58 percent as well as some 4,800 patients in Gaza need daily access to life-saving health services for their survival.
-The Peninsula Qatar