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New Kidney Dialysis Centre in Qatar

will open a dialysis centre today, a few days ahead of the World Kidney Day celebrations on March 11.

Officials are also set to intensify organ donation awareness campaign with studies showing that the people from this region are a minority among the organ donors world wide.

“Civilised people do good deeds, and once for centauries, the Arab region was famous for its generosity and humanity,” said Dr Yousuf Al Muslamani, vice chairman of the Organ Transplant Committee at Hamad Medical Corporation ().

“We need to have a change of culture as people are more concerned about personal matters. People should be the primary target of any society and they should live for the community. The society here is now moving backwards to the days prior to Islam.”

This is evident in the fact that organ donation even after death is not widespread in Qatar. While people from many societies make sure that their organs are donated after death, “this mentality is nearly zero in the community here,” according to Dr Al Muslamani. The donation committee will strengthen its awareness drive, and might include patient visits to show the real face of the kidney related diseases.

Qatar today has about 340 dialysis patients with almost half of them waiting for a transplant. The scarcity of donors is a huge challenge despite the fact that religion supports it. According to experts not a single Islamic scholar has disapproved organ donation.

As a relief to the hundreds of dialysis patients, Fahad bin Jassim Kidney Centre, donated by Qtel and managed by HMC will open today. The state-of-the-art facility will provide 80 beds in total, including 20 private rooms. The centre is located in the Bin Oman area, right across from the HMC complex.

The centre will honour the memory of a man who made a major contribution to the development of Qatar and of Qtel, H E Sheikh Fahad bin Jassim Al Thani, who died as a Business and Trade Minister for Qatar.

The center has been fully-funded by Qtel as a resource for people in Qatar suffering from kidney disease. The funds raised for the centre were in part made possible by the exceptional efforts of Sheikh Fahad during his time at Qtel. With Qatar’s rising population, and the growing incidence of kidney diseases requiring dialysis, there is an increased need for facilities of this kind.

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