Time: 20 November 2020
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief)’s Supervisor General, Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, in the presence of Yemen’s Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Nasser Baaoum, has launched the “Saudi Volunteer Program for Heart Disease and Cardiac Surgeries” in Mukalla, Yemen. The launching ceremony took place at KSrelief’s Riyadh headquarters.
The program includes the provision of 540 cardiac procedures, including open-heart surgeries of all kinds for children and adults, 1,440 therapeutic catheterizations, and 960 diagnostic catheterizations. The volunteer teams are expected to provide treatment for 2,940 patients between 15 October 2020 and 31 December 2021. The campaign is being implemented in cooperation with the Nabd Al Hayat Program for Heart Disease.
The procedures will be carried out in the city of Mukalla in the Hadramawt governorate for limited-income patients from all over Yemen who cannot cover the costs of their treatment. The program will cover all required medications for heart disease patients and will also provide health education for patients and their families. KSrelief’s volunteer medical teams will not only perform thousands of life-saving procedures, but will also train Yemeni medical cadres to provide advanced cardiac care for their patients in the future.
In remarks during the launch, Dr. Al Rabeeah said, “As a continuation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian and relief approach, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and HRH the Crown Prince, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has surpassed other countries in the world in the amount of international humanitarian aid it provides. The directives of the Kingdom’s leadership were to support the people of Yemen, and these directives have made the Kingdom the top aid provider in Yemen. The Kingdom provides impartial aid to all Yemenis, to all regions and governorates of the country and without any discrimination.”
“We are happy today,” he added, “as part of this approach, to launch this important humanitarian and volunteer program, the Saudi Volunteer Program for Heart Disease and Cardiac Surgeries. The program helps to achieve the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 in giving priority to humanitarian and volunteer work.”
Dr. Al Rabeeah affirmed that the program will continue for a period of 15 months through the end of 2021. “The program will include 12 volunteer medical campaigns,” he said, “undertaken by distinguished specialized cadres of highly qualified Saudi doctors, to save the lives of approximately 3,000 Yemenis who suffer from heart disease.” The total cost of the program will be USD 5.7 million.
Dr. Baaoum followed with his own remarks. “Allow me first,” he said, “to sincerely thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its leadership, its government and its people, and particularly KSrelief, for the continuous and sustained support for the Yemeni people. In recent years, we have received support in combating epidemics that Yemen witnessed as a result of the conflict. We are happy today, in the presence of the Supervisor General of KSrelief, to launch this critical and important program, which will meet the needs of heart patients in Yemen.”
He added that the program would also “contribute to the education and training of a large number of Yemeni cadres”, and indicated that this element was itself a great achievement by KSrelief, “which was able to reach all governorates of Yemen without discrimination.”