QC opens medical camp on Yemeni island

March 26, 2014 - 4:26:15 am

Doha: Qatar Charity (QC) has opened a specialised medical camp on the Yemeni island of Socotra.

It has benefitted around 5,500 people from poor and low-income families and involved 190 operations, including eye surgeries, gastrointestinal endoscopy and urinary tract procedures.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Jassim Al Thani, General Supervisor of QC projects in Yemen, inaugurated camp activities, which were held for a week at Sheikh Zayed General Hospital in Hadibo, in the presence of Jassim Al Mansouri, head of marketing, the Department of Communication and Marketing, QC, and Yusuf Al Mohaiza from the department.

“The establishment of the camp funded by QC is part of its interest in the medical field in Yemen, which has included open-heart surgery procedures,” Sheikh Abdul Aziz said in a statement. 

He said Socotra was chosen for the camp for several reasons, the most important is it being over 300km away from the nearest Yemeni shore and the fact that the majority of its residents are poor or low-income families.

Other reasons include difficulty of access due to a few flights, high prices and lack of boats meaning that travel to and from the island takes several days.

He said these factors made the provision of health services and treatment on the island a matter of urgency to alleviate the suffering of people forced to delay or go without treatment.

He said the project was implemented in cooperation with Foundation for the Development of Charitable Methods, whose goals are to raise health awareness, provide therapeutic and specialised services and conduct surgeries, including gastrointestinal endoscopy for the inhabitants to reduce their suffering by offering free treatment.

QC began by establishing mobile clinics on the island to check patients and transport those who needed operations and tests to Sheikh Zayed General Hospital. Camp participants had access to 24 doctors in specialisations, including eyes, gastrointestinal endoscopy, internal medicine, general surgery, mental illness, children, skin, urinary tract, nervous system, x-rays and teeth. The Peninsula