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Posted On: 23 April 2020 12:58 am

Ministry announces initiative to protect elderly from COVID-19

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The Ministry of Culture and Sports announced, in cooperation with the Centre for Elderly Empowerment & Care (Ehsan) and other State bodies, the launch of an initiative to deliver essential materials and other daily needs to the elderly.

Under the initiative, a number of volunteers from the Qatar Center for Voluntary Activities (QCVA) will deliver essential materials and other daily needs to the elderly, who are unable to do that by themselves, as well as to those registered in the Ehsan Center through the Mawater Center in order to enhance the precautionary measures and quarantine requirements imposed by the State to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Director of the Youth Affairs Department at the Ministry of Culture and Sports Hussain Rashid Al Kubaisi said that this initiative, which will come into effect from Thursday, April 23, 2020, encourages a set of values that the ministry wishes to instill among young people, including cooperation, respect, human dignity and the necessity of solidarity among the groups of society in times of crisis and helping the elderly and other noble values, indicating that the Ministry is always keen on enriching the youth field with activities that will benefit them, develop their tools and enrich their noble values.

Al Kubaisi stressed that the initiative is one of a series of youth activities that will not stop in the field or through remote work, especially in light of the current coronavirus crisis.

For his part, Executive Director of Ehsan Center Mubarak Abdulaziz Al Khalifa said that this initiative is a true translation of the spirit of constructive cooperation between the State institutions, and it is an effective consolidation of social responsibility that all parties and individuals are keen to activate and spread among members of society, noting the initiative would raise the level of solidarity among society members and achieve the desired goals, and would contribute to the involvement of community members in working to serve all of its groups, foremost among which is the category of the elderly.

The Executive Director of Ehsan Center affirmed that the Center and all its affiliates are ready to work to support the initiative.

Executive Director of the QCVA Moeedh Al Qahtani said that the Center's role will be to receive requests from the Ehsan Center to purchase them from the commercial complexes and then volunteers will deliver them through cars that will be provided by the Mawater Center, stressing that the strategy depends on delivering these requests in a correct way for the elderly after sterilization in the framework of concern for public health and for the purpose of facilitating matters for the elderly.

For his part, Secretary General of the Mawater Center Nasser Saadoun Al Kuwari stated that the center will provide cars and drivers for the task of delivering food and household supplies accompanied by volunteers who will bring the requests of the elderly from the commercial complexes to their homes. Al Kuwari pointed out that the most important characteristic of the campaign is the spirit of teamwork as different sectors of the Qatari society are united and aspire to work hand in hand to overcome crises.

(Source: QNA)