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More needy people to benefit from free heart surgery

posted on 27/06/2005: 893 views

Free open-heart surgery undertaken by international and UAE specialists is due to take place in three new countries following an expansion of the Emirates World Heart foundation's services. Palestine, Kenya and Pakistan have been added to the list of countries previously visited by the foundation, which works under the umbrella of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA).

Dr Adel Al Shamry, chairman of the Emirates World Heart (EWH) Foundation, said their team now comprised between 15 and 20 world experts, all of whom had volunteered their services. "We have heads of cardiology departments from hospitals in the UAE as well as France, Switzerland, South Africa, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

"The missions cost in excess of Dh1 million and allows people who cannot afford heart surgery to have it for free," said Al Shamry. "The number of operations we carry out varies from country to country depending on the demand. We have plans to go to Kenya at the end of September for 7 days to do about 30 open heart operations. "We will also be seeing around 100 patients for diagnosis. We have been invited by the ministries of health in all these countries," said Al Shamry.

This year the foundation was able to travel to Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. "We are providing a service to the local community who cannot afford this surgery. Open heart operations costs between Dh60,000 and Dh200,000. "Some people are not entitled to government treatment so that is when we step in. Doctors from the Welcare Hospital as well as the American Hospital in Dubai will be taking part in the operations in Kenya.

Foundation offers four services

· The Emirates World Heart Foundation offers four services. They include open heart surgery, opening a cardiac clinic, a symposium for training local doctors in host countries and donating equipment and drugs.

· This year the foundation will conduct free surgeries in Kenya, Pakistan and Palestine.

· The foundation provides the service to the local community who cannot afford open heart surgery which costs between Dh60,000 and Dh200,000. (The Gulf News)


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