Cairo: A joint Emirati-Egyptian-French team of cardiologists will conduct open heart surgeries on underprivileged patients at the Shaikh Zayed Hospital in Egypt from Sunday.
The collaboration is a part of the humanitarian strategy of the Emirates World Heart Group in partnership with the Zayed Giving Initiative, UAE General Women’s Union and the World Heart Foundation.
Dr Mohammad Al Hoby, Director of the Zayed Speciality Hospital, said that proper arrangements and facilities were in place for the endoscopic cardiac surgery, a procedure being used for the first time in Egypt.
The voluntary medical mission is led by Emirati heart surgeon Dr Adel Al Shameri, CEO of Zayed Giving Initiative.
He said that a number of critical and complex cases were prepared for the surgery.
He added that efforts are being made to increase the capacity of the hospital’s heart centre, with assistance from the Zayed Giving Initiative so as to attend to the growing number of patients.
He also paid tribute to Shaikha Fatima bin Mubarak, Chairwoman of the UAE General Women’s Union and patron of the Initiative, for her consistent support for the international humanitarian medical missions which provided free treatment to over one million children and conducted over 2,600 heart surgeries in several countries.