A British surgical team has launched a medical training program for Palestinian doctors working in the hospitals of the Gaza Strip.

The team, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (RCSEd), arrived in Gaza on Friday to implement the training at Al-Shifa Hospital, the main and largest hospital in Gaza.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian Ministry of Health signed a memorandum of understanding to train its staff with its British partner, Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP-UK), at the beginning of this year.

Director General of Human Resources in the Ministry, Dr. Rami Abdullah said that the Palestinian medical staff is to have training on the general basic skills of surgeries and, specifically, on laparoscopic surgeries.

He added: “The ministry has saved no efforts to bring this program to light, which would not be possible without the steadfast support from the RCSEd.”

Trainees will be exposed to new devices and medical equipment and learn how to cope with the new medical technology, in addition to receiving advanced curriculum.

Leader of the British team, Dr. Ahmed Shafi, a consultant surgeon, hailed the deep commitment of the Palestinian doctors, who rely solely on their skills to save lives of patients amid the difficult crises ensued by the 10-year Israeli siege on the region.

Moreover, he praised the warm hospitality and the strong collaboration with the Palestinian doctors in Gaza, over past years.

Reported by Riham Shehada for Days of Palestine, edited for the IMEMC by chris @ imemc.org.

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