Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Al-Azhar University – Gaza (AUG) have celebrated the inauguration of the university’s new toxicology and pharmacology lab, under a project to establish specialist medical labs at Gaza medical education institutions.
Held at the Gaza City campus, the ceremony was attended by the AUG Board of Trustees and top management, as well as public figures, representatives of NGOs, and community leaders.
At the ceremony, Prof. Dr. Ahmed A. El-Tayyan, President of AUG, said the new lab would provide the first-of-its-kind food quality testing capability. It would help AUG students and researchers, the concerned ministries, and the private sector to provide the best toxic diagnostic services.
“We would like to thank QRCS for their constant support to the university,” he added. “Earlier, QRCS implemented good educational projects for AUG, at a total cost of $2.85M. Notably, they constructed the infrastructure of the new campus in Al-Mughraqa Town, southern Gaza”.
In his remarks, Dr. Akram Nassar, Head of QRCS Mission in Gaza, valued the role played by AUG in capitalizing on their expertise to make the project a reality.
The lab is well-equipped to make quality tests for samples of food products. As a research facility, it can contribute to informed decision-making at the policy level, thus protecting the health of the Gazan population.
With a budget of $572,000, Dr. Nassar explained, the medical education laboratory equipment project covered three universities – AUG, the Islamic University of Gaza, and the University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS). The newly opened toxicology lab at AUG had a funding of $145,000.
He described the project as another vivid example of real partnership between QRCS and educational institutions, as part of its strategy and commitment to backing the major sectors in Palestine, mainly the educational sector.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the attendance took a tour of the facility to see the medical equipment, furniture, and work mechanism. The President of AUG gave an honorary shield to QRCS, in recognition of their extensive efforts to support the university and its students.