Clinic consultation

A new falcon clinic will soon open in Al Khor

Under the aegis of the Private Engineering Office, the Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital is about to open a new Falcon Clinic building in Al Khor, we learned.

It is one of the largest modern and specialized medical centers in the field of falcon medicine and surgery. The clinic will provide falcon owners from Al Khor and the northern regions with more than 120 services as well as medical and laboratory examinations.
Dr. Iqdam Majid al-Karkhi, director of Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital, told local Arab daily Arrayah that the new clinic will provide many important services to falcon owners. These include examination of the digestive and respiratory systems, X-rays, orthopedic treatment and feather flossing, and surgical operations for wounds, among others. In addition, the use of radiosurgery to treat pathological injuries, laboratory blood tests to measure the functions of body organs and the level of immunity, the diagnosis of
pathological infections and detection of poisoning cases will be carried out. In addition, laboratory examinations will be carried out to identify effective drugs to treat pathological conditions, in addition to the detection of fungal diseases of the digestive and respiratory systems and the detection of parasites.
Dr al-Karkhi said the clinic will also provide services such as PCR examination and diagnosis of some 17 viral, bacterial and fungal diseases. These include Newcastle disease (epilepsy), bird flu, viral hepatitis, viral enteritis, pseudomonas bacteria, salmonella bacteria, and mycobacterium tuberculosis, among others.
In addition, the clinic will provide services such as a veterinary pharmacy, printing of falcon IDs, approval and issuance of health certificates, printing of leg rings, laser printing on falcon patches and burqas. In addition, vaccination against Newcastle disease (epilepsy), vaccination against smallpox, installation of a microchip, installation of a tail whistle and cleaning of the nostrils will be carried out.
The director of Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital said that between 80% and 90% of the examinations carried out at the Souq Waqif clinic will be available at the new facility in Al Khor. The new clinic can receive more than 10,000 birds annually, while the current clinic has a capacity of approximately 8,000 birds.
He noted that after the opening of the new clinic, falcon owners from Al Khor and northern regions will not have to travel to Souq Waqif Hospital.
This will be a major advantage especially when it comes to emergencies, as having a clinic near them will relieve them of
this burden, and at the same time ease the pressure on Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital. The vast majority of tests will be available at the Al Khor clinic.
Dr al-Karkhi gave some advice to falcon owners and stressed the need to periodically monitor the condition of the birds and
provide them with a variety of healthy, disease-free foods. They should also perform check-ups at regular intervals and monitor their weight. A bird should be provided with sufficient fluids promptly in the event of dehydration, in addition to nutritional supplements, amino acids and minerals periodically.
He said falconers should not mix infected birds with healthy birds in the same place and isolate all their tools, stressing that the development of a medical culture is an important issue for falcon owners.