The Minister of Health, Prof. Khaled Al-Saeed, inaugurated the Department of Ophthalmology and Surgery in the new Jahra Hospital. According to an Arab newspaper, the minister pointed out that the inauguration is a step ahead for decentralization in health services. He said that the project comes within the framework of the Ministry of Health’s plan to adopt integrated and comprehensive hospital models, as a method of providing health service to facilitate citizens.

Furthermore, the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Surgery at Jahra Hospital, Dr. Ohoud Muhammad Khalifa, pointed out that the inauguration aims to provide a distinguished health service with the latest early diagnosis methods in various eye diseases, at the same time giving the latest surgical devices and tools for all specialized eye surgeries.

The official explained that the department’s services are integrated according to ophthalmological and surgical specialties. It includes eye clinics in all its specialties, seven rooms in the specialties of cornea and cataracts (glaucoma, retina and vitreous body), eye sockets and eyelids, children’s eyes and strabismus. In addition, the department features five rooms for eye diseases examinations, which include visual acuity examination, fundus examination, retinal ultrasound, and visual field examination.

The report also mentioned that the department contains two rooms for laser devices for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, as well as two major operating rooms, and a minor operating room. This comes in addition to providing eye emergency services with a medical consultation system, as well as cases of entering the wards and medical consultations for cases that other departments request evaluation from the ophthalmological department. Dr. Khalifa stressed that the Minister of Health and the Undersecretary of the Ministry, Dr. Mustafa Reda, are keen on providing the department with all its needs and support its medical staff, praising the various efforts of the ministry’s sectors and their cooperation to launch the department’s operation phase.

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