Specialists perform 5 open-heart operations in first 3 days following arrival
Heart patients from across Yemen flock to Mukalla facility for treatment
MUKALLA, Yemen, April 24, 2018 – Doctors from Balsam International Organisation for Heart Surgeries, who have been treating heart patients in Yemen since the beginning of the month, have made a major impact on their lives. They performed five open-heart surgeries in the first three days and other procedures including 61 interventional catheterisation surgeries and pacemaker implantations. The patients came from far and wide – from cities such as Trim, Seon, Du’en, Mukalla, Qusayer, Ghail, Bawazeer, Al-Mahra and Shabwa.
Some of those patients had waited for more than five months for to get medical attention. A 32-year-old man, for example, was diagnosed with a condition that required surgery, which he received this week. Dr. Rakan Nazer, consultant heart surgeon, said the operation was successful.
Balsam, which specialises in providing medical care in conflict-hit regions, plans to treat some 300 heart patients during their course of stay in Yemen, including at least 10 open-heart operations and about 100 interventional catheterisation procedures. The open-heart procedures include coronary- artery transplantations and valve implants. The team of doctors will examine and treat outpatients at the Department of Cardiac Radiology at Nabd Al-Hayat Center at the Charitable Foundation of Cardiology in Mukalla, apart from training local doctors.
Under the auspices of the Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy, the team arrived last Sunday in Mukalla, where they met Major General Faraj Salmin Al-Bahssani, the Governor of Hadramout, and Coalition officials. They expressed their gratitude King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support to Balsam’s mission to provide emergency treatment to heart patients in Yemen.
The Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen has provided more than $10 billion worth of aid to Yemen. Balsam, which has 20 years’ experience in conflict regions, is one of many humanitarian organisations and charities granted permission to work in the country.
On March 27, the Yemeni Ministry of Health & Population sought help from Balsam to deal with hundreds of medical cases in Hadramout Governorate and to help it cope with the lack of heart-treatment facilities in the Marib and the neighbouring governorates of Al-Jawf and Al-Baydah. A ministry official said it was vital to address the “deteriorating health situation experienced by our country because of the war”.