QATAR RED CRESCENT INITIATES 2ND PHASE OF PRETERM BABY INCUBATORS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN LEBANON

DOHA, Qatar, Mar 2 (NNN-QNA) – Building upon the success of the first phase of its pre-term neonatal health care project, for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched the second phase of the project, to cover more pre-term infants, who need intensive medical care.

Reports based on the feedback from the first phase, say, the mechanisms of work were optimised for the new phase, in order to ensure maximum financial and medical control.

Three hospitals (Bekaa, Dr Hamed Farhat and Tripoli) were contracted for six months and renewable.

The doctors emphasised the importance of the programme, to serve the Syrian refugees.

The cases, referred by the medical consultant, are admitted directly and all the cost is covered.

Within 45 days of the second phase, a total of 99 newborns benefited from medical care, including 59 males and 40 females.

The cost amounted to US$30,179, with full coverage of 65 cases and partial coverage of 22 cases.

Dr Hamed Farhat Hospital received 58 cases, compared to 22 and 19 cases in Tripoli and Bekaa Hospitals, respectively.

So far, 87 cases have been released, while 12 cases are still under medical care. The stay of beneficiary babies totaled 640 days, with an average of 7.36 days per case.

QRCS has another pre-term birth care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, funded by Qatar Charity.

Under that project, four hospitals (Bekaa, Chtaura, Dr Hamed Farhat and Tripoli) were contracted to offer medical care for pre-term infants.

The hospitals were provided with medical supplies and medicines, and a paediatric consultant was hired, to examine and diagnose the cases, to see how long they need to be put in incubators.

The project was the product of a survey done by the QRCS mission in Lebanon, about the conditions of Syrian refugees there, to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the health services offered by health care providers.

The study showed the necessity of extending medical support for the Syrians and paying for the costs of premature birth hospitalisation.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), covers 75 per cent of the costs for registered Syrian families only, excluding other informal refugees

Source: QNA