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The inauguration of “The History of Medical Services in Sudan”

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The inauguration of “The History of Medical Services in Sudan”

The inauguration of “The History of Medical Services in Sudan”

Under the sponsorship of the University of Medical Sciences and Technology and Zain Company for Telecommunication, a dignified forum was organized on Tuesday, August 30 (August 30). 2022at the Global Conference Center to launch a book entitled “The History of Medical Services in Sudan” by Professor Siddiq Ibrahim Khalil, Consultant Internal Medicine and Cardiology and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology. The inauguration ceremony was chaired by Professor Ali Mohamed Shammo, former Minister of Culture and Information, and a well-known media expert. It was attended by a number of scientists and doctors, in the presence of Dr. Hafiz Homeida, President of the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, deans of the faculties, and a number of university professors and students.

Professor Ali Muhammad Shommo started the inauguration session by emphasizing the importance of the book in documenting the history of medical services in Sudan, noting that the author, Professor Siddiq Ibrahim Khalil, provided rich information on this documentary subject, and dealt with it in a manner that made his material rich with historical information in this sector. that directly affects human life. Professor Ali Shammo stressed that it is necessary for the Sudanese society to learn about this long and honorable history of medical services in Sudan. He explained that as soon as he has finished reading the book in its English version, he quickly advised Professor Siddiq Ibrahim Khalil on the importance of translating it into Arabic, in order to widen the circle of readership, and extending the historical information to as much Sudanese as possible.

Professor Mohamed Youssef Sukkar, President of Nile University College and former Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Khartoum, reviewed some of the contents of the book, noting that it has documented different periods in the history of medical services in Sudan, stressing that medical services witnessed a remarkable development in Sudan. During the inauguration ceremony, Professor Khaled Yaji and Professor Musa Abdullah Hamid spoke highlighting some important aspects in the course of the history of medical services in Sudan. where they acknowledged and celebrated various anecdotes in collecting historical material in the development of medical services in Sudan. And they alerted the gathering to the remarkable progress that the medical service has witnessed in various medical specialties. They expressed their appreciation of the important nature and essence of the book, congratulating the author on this important medical scientific achievement.

Dr. Hafiz Homeida, President of the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, expressed his pleasure at the university hosting the celebration of the launch of such a book, pointing out that this inauguration is the least that the university offers for this effort, which will be included in the university library, for the benefit of professors and students alike. Dr. Homeida pledged that the university would acquire enough copies of book, and would work to include the valuable contribution in one of the courses of the Faculty of Medicine
I participated by offering a brief presentation in which I reviewed the important incidents mentioned by the book in their historical context pointing out the importance of differentiating between health services and medical services, as words are containers of meanings, as linguists say.

The term Health services is more comprehensive because it is concerned with the health care received by patients, families, communities. Health services include emergency, preventive and rehabilitative services, home care, hospital and diagnostic care, and so on. As for medical services, one of its first tasks is to provide medical care, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, and it is concerned with the patient and the nurse, and it handles first aid cases, and it follows up on pathological conditions, such as diabetes, pressure, heart diseases, asthma, etc.
In my own modest opinion, Professor Siddiq Ibrahim Khalil’s book is an important addition to the Sudanese library, as it traces the history of the development of medical services in Sudan from the early times of the kingdoms of Napata and Kush until the end of the twentieth century, and it also includes details of medical services during the era of the Funj Kingdom, the Turkish-Egyptian rule, the state Mahdia, condominium and national rule until 2000.
I believe that this book can be considered an important reference in its subject, and an addition of value to other important book on this historical and documentary subject of medical services in Sudan. This book is comparable to “The History of Medicine in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 1899-1940” by Hades Bell, which was published in 1955, and to an article titled “Health Conditions in Sudan” and the medical research conducted by the US Navy in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. The beginnings of writing the history of health and medical services in Sudan were criticized by both the Sudanese and the British themselves, when dealing with the development of the medical health services in Sudan!
Professor Siddiq Ibrahim Khalil is praised for this historical and documentary monitoring of medical services in Sudan, in which he focused on important aspects of the development of these medical services in Sudan – ancient and modern – as this effort is considered an important historical document on certain periods of time extended through the centuries on the history of the development of medical services in Sudan. To its credit the book did not neglect to mention some of the pioneers of the medical service and their achievements in Sudan.

In his historical account of the developments that occurred in medical and surgical treatment in Sudan, he mentioned in this book that the first kidney transplant operation in Sudan was performed by Professor Omar Mohamed Belil, a consultant urologist and nephrologist, in 1974 at Khartoum Hospital, noting that Professor Omar Belil He is the first Sudanese to receive a transplanted kidney, and he pioneered this surgery Until his death. Professor Siddiq Ibrahim Khalil expressed his gratitude to Professor Mamoun Homeida, for the information he provided to him about the use of ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging in Sudan, explaining that the first ultrasound machine in Sudan was brought by Professor Mamoun Homeida in 1982. The device was used to conduct the first population study on schistosomiasis in the Gezira area. Using ultrasound, it was possible to show the presence of peripheral fibrosis in 13% of the population of the area endemic with schistosomiasis.

It is important in this historical and documentary account to refer to some historical facts that the author did not mention in his reference to what was accomplished by Professor Omar Belil and Professor Mamoun Homeida, and I consider them to be important historical figures in the course of the history of medical services in Sudan. The first historical fact that was mentioned for the purpose of historical documentation is that Professor Omar Belil performed the first kidney transplant operation in Sudan in 1974, and the patient who underwent the operation was a Saudi citizen who came to Sudan for treatment, which indicates the progress of medicine and medicine in Sudan in the seventies. the last century. As for bringing the first ultrasound machine to Sudan by Professor Mamoun Homeida in the early eighties of the last century. The author did not mention that Professor Mamoun Homeida, not only brought the device to Sudan, but also trained some doctors and medical staff on its uses, so that Professor Daoud Mustafa, who is considered the father of medicine in Sudan, asked him to allocate time for him after his clinic to be trained on how to use this device. Therefore, it is safe to say that Professor Mamou Homeida has brought the device for the first time to Sudan and trained a number of doctors and medical staff on it.

In the conclusion of the inauguration celebration, Professor Siddiq Ibrahim Khalil, the author of the book, expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Professor Ali Muhammad Shommo, Professor Musa Abdullah Hamid, Professor Muhammad Youssef Sukkar and Professor Khaled Yagi for their active contribution to the launching of his book.

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