16 January 2023

QRCS Launches Eye Surgery, Anti-Blindness Convoy in Iraqi Kurdistan


Doha, January 16 (QNA) - Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), in cooperation with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS), Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF), and the Health Department of Erbil, has launched an eye disease treatment and anti-blindness medical convoy at camps of displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan.

In a statement on Monday, the QCRS indicated that the project is aimed at examining more than 1,200 patients at camps, diagnosing the cases, and referring them to hospital for surgical interventions.

To ensure the success of the medical convoy at the Eye Specialist Hospital in Erbil, an optical computerized tomography (OCT) machine was supplied for fundoscopy. It is the first high-tech machine to be used at the hospital to provide care for Iraqi IDPs, Syrian refugees, and the host community in Iraqi Kurdistan.

So far, 1,195 patients have been medically examined, 800 patients have received medications, and 95 cases have been referred to the Eye Specialist Hospital for surgeries.

Director of the Eye Specialist Hospital for surgeries Dr. Shawan Ismail said, "I would like to thank QRCS's personnel for the services and examinations they have provided since the launch of the project. I laud the great role of the OCT machine contributed by QRCS, which will help us to better diagnose eye diseases among Iraqi IDPs, Syrian refugees, and the host community. I hope for more support for the health sector to serve IDPs and refugees."



General, Qatar
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