Steps Qatar has taken to protect the population from coronavirus

Steps Qatar has taken to protect the population from coronavirus

Robust thermal screening procedures at Hamad International Airport and seaports for passengers entering Doha from all countries. The screening helps to identify passengers with fever, one of the common symptoms of COVID-19.

1) A special clinic at Hamad International Airport to conduct interviews and examinations of all suspected travellers at the airport.

2) The Ministry of Public Health has established residential accommodation for those people who meet the quarantine standards. Additional training for healthcare workers and the strengthening of infection prevention and control, and laboratory procedures have all been prioritized.

3) A community awareness campaign has been delivered featuring a dedicated national website, TV and radio interviews with medical experts, regular social media messaging, and newspaper coverage. These activities have included Arabic, English, Hindi, Malayalam, French and Chinese languages.

4) Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control teams have been engaged in regular active surveillance visits to hospitals and Intensive Care Units to ensure that no suspected cases of respiratory infections are missed in accordance with the WHO.

How prepared is Qatar’s health sector to deal with a potential outbreak of covid-19?

Qatar’s healthcare sector is strongly prepared to manage a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. HMC’s Ambulance Service staff have been fully trained to safely transfer and manage patients with this type of communicable virus, while preventing further spread. The Ambulance Service has the necessary vehicles and protective equipment to manage patients with COVID-19.

Any patient with suspected COVID-19 is taken to HMC’s Communicable Disease Center for treatment and monitoring while the test is carried out. The Communicable Disease Center is purpose-built to manage patients with this type of condition and ensure that the virus is not spread to other people within the hospital or outside.

Healthcare workers across the country have been specifi­cally trained to manage any potential outbreak and efforts to strengthen infection prevention and control, case management and laboratory procedures have been prioritized. Additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been planned as a contingency.

MoPH has set up a dedicated call center to answer all questions and enquiries related to COVID-19. Public and health professionals can call 24x7 on 16000 hotline for enquiries. 

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