Qatar Charity holds medical camp for children with congenital heart diseases in Bangladesh
Qatar Charity (QC) has held a week-long medical camp in Bangladesh to provide essential treatment for nearly 90 children suffering from congenital heart diseases.
This medical camp, which started on August 13, and will continue till August 21, 2022, has an expert in pediatric cardiology and consultant in interventional catheter procedures from the University of Texas, USA. The camp also includes other pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons from Jordan and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Qatar, an anesthesiologist from Ramallah hospitals, and many medical staff from Bangladesh.
The doctors conduct the ‘device closure procedure for the children suffering from congenital heart diseases.
The medical staff, upon the arrival, began conducting multiple examinations to assess the cases that require operations. Coordination was made with the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bangladesh to prepare a list of 100 - 150 patients with various types of malformations.
“We are trying our best to provide essential treatment for all the children, and hopefully, they will lead a better life,” said Professor Dr. Muhammad Numan, an expert in pediatric cardiology and consultant in interventional catheter procedures at the University of Texas. He indicated that a ‘device closure procedure’ was successfully conducted for a 17-year-old girl, Tanzina Akhtar, who has been suffering from a large hole in the lower chamber of the heart.
“Hundreds of children patients are not finding unoccupied beds in the hospital, which is very big, and has hundreds of beds,” said Dr. Abdul Majeed, a health expert at Qatar Charity, adding that this critical situation indicates that the huge number of children are suffering from congenital heart diseases.
He noted that more support is needed for enhancing the facilities and capacity of the hospital, urging philanthropists to provide this very vital support.
The families thanked the philanthropists in Qatar for easing the suffering of their children. “It was very difficult for me to bear the expenses of my child’s treatment,” said the father of an 8-year-old child, Sadia, who received the treatment at the camp, adding that “we got an opportunity to treat my child with the help of Qatar Charity.”
“My daughter has been suffering from heart disease since birth, and we tried a lot to provide her better treatment, but all efforts were in vain due to the financial scarcity,” said the mother of Tanzina Akhter. She thanked the benefactors of Qatar and Qatar Charity for providing the appropriate treatment for her daughter.
It is worth mentioning that this is the second medical camp of its kind being held in Bangladesh. Some 31 children received medical care required for their congenital heart diseases at the first medical camp.