(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: The medical delegation sent by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) to Bangladesh have performed 26 cardiac catheterizations over the past two days, rising the number of operations performed since the beginning of project to 47.
The procedures included patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure, stenting, balloon valvuloplasty, heart arrhythmia treatment, and cardiac cauterization.
QRCS has been coordinating with the Military Hospital to host the second phase of the project, which will cover more 40 patients.
Capacity building is one of the main objectives of the programme, which ensures that local medics and technicians at the host hospitals are actively engaged in the procedures.
This way, they get firsthand experience of how things go inside the operating room, what steps the procedure consists of, and how to deal with special or emergency cases.
The medical staff will have an opportunity to practice and correct themselves under the supervision of expert doctors. Post-procedure care is also taken into consideration.
One of the very rare cases faced by the doctors today was Miem (6), who had a complex aortopulmonary window (APW). To repair, it required a trans-aortic patch closure technique.
The one-hour procedure was performed successfully by Dr. Mohamed T. Noaman, Pediatric Cardiac Consultant at St. Joseph Medical Center, Houston, Texas.
Another case was Jiana (4), who had too small PDA to close using a plug, said Abdullah Ashkanani, Senior Catheterization Technician, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
'Instead, the hole was occluded using a soft interlocking detachable coil (IDC). Her health condition is stable now. It was not the first such case, he explained.