Donors from Jersey enable our nurse to fight a leading cause of blindness in the Holy Land
- 05 Nov 2019
Muyassar Ghanem is the head of our Retinal Diagnostics Department in Jerusalem. She has been with us since 1992 when she joined our School of Nursing and much of her career and development has been supported by St John Ambulance Jersey and Jersey Overseas Aid. Currently Muyasser is studying for her Masters in Biotechnology at Bethlehem University, which will allow her to employ new tech to treat retinal issues. Muyasser plays a vital role in our fight against the second most common cause of avoidable blindness in Palestine – diabetic retinopathy (DR), as she explains:
I have been performing diagnostic tests on our patients for the last ten years at our main hospital in Jerusalem where most DR cases in Palestine are referred. These tests are very important to detect diabetic retinopathy and to monitor the progress of the condition and the efficacy of the treatment the patients receive.
The best part of my job is to see the progress for each patient when they follow our treatment plans. Early detection of the condition is definitely key, and results in the best prognosis for the patient – that is why our screening and education services are also vital!
I am so grateful for all the support my Jersey donors have given me over the years. I recently was able to visit their beautiful island and meet some of them in person, which was an incredible experience, I’m incredibly thankful for my career and the change I am able to make in my patients’ lives.
We thank St John Ambulance Jersey and Jersey Aid Oversees for their loyal and vital support of Muyasser throughout the years #oneStJohn #DiabetesDay