HMC launches lung transplantation program
Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Organ Transplant Program will start lung transplants soon.
The new milestone was announced at a special ceremony at HMC which was attended by the Minister for Public Health, H.E. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari and other officials.
A lung transplant is a major procedure to replace a person’s diseased lungs with those from a donor. It is offered to people with lung failure when all other treatment options have failed.
Currently, Qatar’s organ transplant program offers kidney, liver transplantation programs, and transplant surgeries making HMC one of the most comprehensive transplant centers in the region.
In a significant achievement for Qatar, Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Organ Transplant Program will soon start lung transplants. The new milestone was announced at a special ceremony at HMC attended by Minister for Public Health. #QNA pic.twitter.com/wSUXY6gehd— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) November 30, 2020
Dr. Al Kuwari said the new lung transplant program was a milestone for Qatar and will ensure patients in Qatar have access to this specialized level of care.
“Qatar’s organ donation and transplantation programs have fairness and equity at their heart and is something which we can be extremely proud of. Qatar’s national strategy for organ donation and transplantation is not only world-leading in terms of the clinical and ethical standards it applies, but it is also one that is appropriate to the healthcare needs of our growing and diverse population,” said Dr. Al Kuwari.
“Being able to offer lung transplants here in Qatar is a true milestone for our highly specialized teams and means that our patients no longer have to travel overseas for these procedures and follow-up care”, added Dr. Al Kuwari.
The program will provide individualized treatment for patients in need of a transplant with a multidisciplinary team of transplant pulmonologists and surgeons, along with nurses, social workers, dietitians, rehabilitation staff and other specialists to provide comprehensive care and support.
Dr. Abdulla Al Ansari, Chief Medical Officer of HMC said it was a great achievement for the organization and the teams involved to move into the next phase in the development of transplant services in Qatar.
Dr. Yousuf Al Maslamani, Medical Director of Hamad General Hospital and Director of Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation said the launch of the program was the culmination of many years of hard work by the transplant teams.
“Since the start of our transplant program in 1986, we have worked tirelessly and strengthened the exceptional care we provide to our patients. We have in place a multidisciplinary team with some leading international experts that will enable us to deliver the highest levels of care to our patients who need these procedures,” mentioned Dr. Al Maslamani.
“At HMC we also have the technology, facilities and access to the expertise to perform these surgeries and importantly have overwhelming community support for the organ donation program which is one of the keys to its success,” Dr. Al Maslamani concluded.
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