The center of Qaa Rada .. From abandoned school to a health center to treat patients free of chargeNFDHR:ADEL OTHMAN - Tuesday, 12 June, 2018
Despite the proximity of Qaa Rada'a to Rada'a city, it lacks the most basic health services and suffers from spreading diseases. Al-Qaa is located south of Rada'a city, with an estimated population of 12,000.
"We are in real need of health care, most of the population does not get medical services because of poverty and lack of a nearby health facility. We pay large sums for transportation to Rada'a to vaccinate a child or to give a patient a simple injection," states Khalid al-Aidarous, one of the community leaders.
However, a health center in Qaa Radaa was able to be established thanks to the cooperation of the people, the Health Office in the Al-Bayda Governorate, the National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response (NFDHR), and the Education Office.
NFDHR implemented the emergency health response project, funded by WHO, in eight priority districts throughout the Al-Bayda and Al-Mahwit governorates. They sought to find practical and sustainable solutions for the lack of medical facilities and services. NFDHR’s team coordinated with the Health Offices, which in turn coordinated with the local authorities and Education Office to allocate part of a school building (that was not completed) to be a health center.
The residents helped to carry out some basic work to create a wall for the center and provide windows, doors and tiles for the floors. Then, NFDHR completed the renovations and supported the health center with basic medical equipment and supplies, medicines and financial incentives for the health staff, which were nominated by the Health Office.
The operation of Qaa Rada health center has had a direct positive impact, as it is receiving patients from Qaa Radaa and Wild Rabe districts. Between March and May, 2018 the center has offered its services to 1102 beneficiaries, mostly children comprising of 539 boys and 403 girls. The population has been very happy and celebrated this achievement.
Dr. Amani Mohammed confirmed that the center receives many cases, especially infectious diseases, gynecological diseases and pregnant women, which they do their best to respond to. Additionally, those who have visited the Qaa Radaa health center have not received primary care services previously.
"The services of the Qaa Rada health center have benefit a large number of people, especially those from nearby rural areas," explains Dr. Amani.
The health center has contributed to ensuring that large numbers of poor patients have access to health services, especially since many of them previously had to travel to Rada'a Hospital or specialized clinics in the city for large sums of money.