QRCS Provides Medical Equipment for Three University Labs in Gaza

Doha, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has provided funding to purchase medical equipment for specialist labs at the Islamic University (IU), Al-Azhar University, and University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS) in Gaza, at a total cost of around $500,000.

The agreements were signed at QRCS’s Office in Gaza, in the presence of Dr. Akram Nassar, Head of Mission, and Dr. Heba Al-Mahallawi, Health Project Officer.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Adel Awadallah, IU President; a representative of Dr. Abdel-Khaliq Al-Farra, President, Al-Azhar University; Dr. Rifat Rustom, UCAS Dean; and top officials of the three universities.

Regarding the importance of the projects, Dr. Nassar said, “QRCS seeks to improve the quality of diagnostic and research services in the field of blood cancer, as well as to help decision-makers and competent authorities to collect accurate data about the use of agricultural pesticides, in order to develop and apply policies to minimize the impact of pesticides on public health”.

He pointed out that the cancer research lab of IU will be enhanced with the flow cytometry technology, while a diagnostic toxicology lab will be set up at Al-Azhar University, to examine the correlation between pesticide residue and the increasing morbidity rates in Gaza over the past few years.

According to Dr. Nassar, the UCAS’s nursing lab will be supported with equipment and furniture that simulate the work environment at hospitals and primary health care centers, in order to train more than 700 students in Gaza.

Also, a medical equipment maintenance training center will be established for UCAS, with direct contacts with the training centers of global medical equipment manufacturers, to train future student specialists.

The partners appreciated the positive role played by QRCS to develop the health and education sectors of Palestine, and to overcome the difficulties suffered by the Palestinians amid siege and restrictions.

They hoped that the new projects would upgrade the quality of diagnostic services in the health sector and develop medical education and research in Gaza.

Source: Qatar News Agency