QRCS Concludes Cardiac Catheterization Project in Bangladesh

Doha, Qatar Red Crescent Society’s (QRCS) medical delegation to Bangladesh has successfully completed its annual cardiac catheterization project, at a total cost of QR 501,600.
Over seven consecutive days, 65 children underwent catheterization procedures to treat congenital heart defects, including atrial septal defect (ASD), ventricular septal defect (VSD), and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). These disorders caused serious problems to the heart and lungs and, if untreated, could be fatal. according QRCS press release.
Some cases had special complications, like Shimouata, who had unilateral hemianopia and partial hearing loss, and Mansoura Khatoun (20), who was born deaf and dumb. Gifts and toys were presented to the children, in an attempt to make them happy and begin their new lives with a fresh hope.
HE. Ahmed M. Al-Dehaimi, Qatar Ambassador in Dhaka, visited the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) and met with the medical and supporting staff to thank them for their great efforts.
“QRCS’s cardiac catheterization project represents the true sense of solidarity and humanitarianism of the State and people of Qatar, who have always been there for the poor families who need education, medication, shelter, and food,” said Mr. Al-Dehaimi.
“I hope this work would continue and grow to cover more needy people in Bangladesh and elsewhere. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this invaluable achievement, which restored smiles and heartbeats for young kids and revived the hope of desperate parents, by virtue of the donations of Qatari benefactors,” he added.
In the closing ceremony held at NICVD, Mohamed Seraj Al-Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, appreciated this initiative in Bangladesh, which saved the lives of children and built the capacity of local medical professionals. “I hope to see you here again, as there is a dire need to treat a large number of patients,” he remarked.
Ahmed Al-Khulaifi, head of QRCS delegation, said, “This project was completed successfully thanks to God and concerted efforts. The support from NICVD and its personnel was particularly helpful in overcoming all challenges. We in QRCS were an intermediate factor in delivering the donations of Qatari society to those in need here in Bangladesh”.
Special appreciation was expressed for the help by Kuwait Joint Relief Committee (KJRC) in case studies, beneficiary selections, and other preparations over five months.
Since its launch in 2004, QRCS’s cardiac catheterization project has covered a total of 425 patients in Sudan (four times), Syria, Morocco, Mauritania (two times), Gaza, Jordan, and Bangladesh.

Source: Qatar News Agency