Khartoum-The Director General of Omdurman Teaching Hospital, Dr. Haitham Abdulqudos Mohamed
, has affirmed that the hospital has made wide strides for indigenization of medical treatment in the various medical specializations, noting that the hospital employs some 200 registrars and 80 specialists in the various medical branches.
Speaking to Sudan Vision, Dr. Mohamed explained that the hospital receives daily more than 1500 patients at the accident and emergency section, despite that its daily capacity is 500 patients.
He went on to say that the hospital performs 16 major surgery operations per month and more than 4000 minor ones, noting that the medical facility has 600 beds, 18 surgery theaters and 12 beds of I.C.U.
He stressed that Omdurman Teaching Hospital possesses cardiac catheterization instrument that is considered the most modern of its kind in Sudan, saying that the hospital extends free of charge services to all people of Greater Omdurman area and other areas.
The Director General of Omdurman Teaching Hospital narrated the case of a European citizen who suffered a traffic accident in the Northern State and brought to the hospital, where she received all required treatment.
After this European patient had been identified by the embassy of her country in Khartoum, she was flown aboard an air ambulance to her country, where they found that she had received the best of medical treatment, Dr. Mohamed said.
The Director General of the Hospital explained that the Ministry of Health of Khartoum State has provided the medical facility with most modern cardiac catheterization instrument at the cost of 20 million pounds, adding that the hospital has a board of directors under the chairmanship of Dr. Amin Abdallah Khalil, that is continuing to lend support to its projects, where 20 monitor instruments from US have been acquired.
Dr. Haitham says that Omdurman Hospital was founded during the era of Khalifa Abdullah Al-Taaishi, next to Khalifa Square. It was relocated to the present location during the English colonization. The location was refurbished to divide the hospital into different sections including pediatric, obstetric and midwifery sections which were transferred to Mohamed Al-Amin, east to the current location. The hospital includes two main sections internal and surgery.
The internal medicine section, according to Dr. Haitham, is made up of all specialties including cardiology and catheterization, digestive system and kidney.
The surgical section provides all types of surgical services including urinary tract infections, brains and nerves. According to Dr Haitham, Omdurman Hospital is second to none compared with private hospitals in terms of quality services.
Abdul-Gaiyoum noted that the hospital is a major recipient of emergency cases in Sudan – with frequents accounting for about 1500 situations per a day, 16 medical operations monthly, 4000 minor operations and that the hospital cam admit more than 600 patients, 18 operation rooms, 12 beds in ICU and 12 beds in modern cardiac care unit; besides up-to-date catheterization equipment and devices.
The director general of the hospital noted that has relied on self to fund its operations in addition to the establishment of Bugaa Specialist Clinic, which provides quality services to patients, adding that all the residents of Omdurman receive medical services from the hospital at the third level, in addition to services to refugees, internally displaced persons from all parts of the country as well as foreigners. He added that 50 foreign doctors were absorbed to operate at the hospital considering political conditions in their countries of origin.
Funds by the Ministry of Health and the Board of Directors
Dr. Haitham praised Khartoum State Minister of Health Dr Mamoun Himaida for gracious support and supply of vital medical equipment to the hospital in addition to funds supplied by the board of directors headed by Dr Amin Abdullah Khalil, who he revealed provided above two billion Sudanese pounds to help supply needed medical equipment in addition to contributions by charitable individuals.
Omdurman Teaching Hospital is staffed with more 200 sentinel physicians, more 80 specialist in different sections in addition other qualified medical staff. He hoped that the government will work for improving work conditions for Sudanese doctors, especially rare specialties to prevent immigration.
Major step toward indigenizing treatment
Dr. Haitham noted that the hospital has the capabilities to provide all types of medical operations – thanks to tremendous efforts made to indigenize medical treatment, adding that patients are no longer in need to travel abroad for medical treatment, arguing that services provided by the hospital are not inferior to those sought overseas. The only thing is needed, according to him, is rebuilding trust in Sudanese medicine.
Millions receive services
He noted that the hospital caters to an estimated population of 4 million persons, who may constitute an entire population of some countries, adding that the hospital is prepared to receive all situations even in emergency cases, contrary to other health centers that sent patients back claiming they are "overcrowded" a term that "has no room in dealing with patients seeking help at Omdurman Teaching Hospital," he boasted