A new hospital specializing in cardiovascular surgery began operating in the town of Qah, north of Idleb, northern Syria. The hospital has the capabilities to perform major surgery, and is free of charge.
Syrian doctor Farouk al-Mohammad said that last Sunday, the first heart surgery was performed at the al-Hidaya Specialist Hospital. The surgery, a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), was “a great success,” according to Mohammad.
Mohammad explained that the CABG surgical procedure is designed to treat coronary artery disease and reduce the risk of mortality resulting from it, and all hospitals and clinics in the Syrian north can now refer adult and paediatric cardiac surgery consultations to the al-Hidaya Hospital.
The hospital houses several departments, including a cardiac surgery clinic, an operating room, a four-bed intensive care room, and a ten-bed hospital wards that caters to patients with coronary artery disease, valve disease, in addition to birth defects and congenital anomalies.
The hospital was equipped through the contributions of a group of Syrian doctors in Qah, with the support of the Islamic Relief organization, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health in Idleb.
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