Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) will launch today a medical convoy in Gaza, to perform 130 surgeries on poor patients at the Al Quds Hospital and Al Amal Hospital in Khan Younes.
At a total of QR329,340, the two-week mission is co-ordinated with Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
Dr Mohamed Ibrahim, executive director of Relief and International Development Division, said that QRCS worked hard to support the health sector in Gaza, as it suffered high demand for surgical services at public hospitals and inability of patients to afford the costs of treatment at private hospitals.
“This shows the importance of this mission, which will cover the specialisations of general surgery, urology, orthopaedics, and ENT surgery,” he added.
Dr Khalil Abo Fool, general manager, PRCS Al Quds Hospital, said that the hospital’s medical staff are ready to perform 130 surgeries, under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with QRCS.
He noted that the Gaza hospitals received too many patients amid the current clashes. “Also, the scarcity of medications and medical consumables negatively affects the capacity to perform the urgent surgeries on the waiting list,” Dr Khalil said.
Since 2008, the QRCS mission in Gaza has undertaken more than 80 projects, with a budget of more than $110mn.  (QNA)