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Posted On: 23 July 2020 09:28 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:11 am

Premarital screening service still available during COVID-19 Pandemic in Qatar: PHCC

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The Primary Health Care Corporation confirmed that the premarital screening service remains available at the designated health centres, alongside all the precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) as applicants are instructed by the trained medical staff of family doctors and nurses on methods of prevention, in order to ensure continued provision of this service in health centres.

Director of Airport Health Center Dr. Maryam Al Jaber said that the service is available at the health centres of Al Khor, West Bay, Al Rayyan, Leabaib, Al Wajba and Omar Bin Al Khattab, in addition to the Airport Health Centre, where visitors can book an appointment in any of the centres, regardless of whether they were registered at the chosen centre or not, but both prospective spouses must examine at the same centre on the same day.

Gharrafat Al Rayyan Health Centre does not provide the service at the current time, considering that it is a temporary isolation centre for COVID-19 cases.

The premarital screening service is available for Qatari citizens as well as the citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in the designated health centres, while residents are to examine at private health sector institutions.

Applying for the screening requires booking an appointment via personal attendance or phone call, where the appointment shall be booked within a week, Dr. Al Jaber explained, stressing that both applicants (prospective spouses) must be present at the same centre for the screening, as the test results come out within a week and medical examination certificates are issued to both applicants if the results are positive. In case of negative results, the two applicants are referred to relevant clinics at the Hamad Medical Corporation in order to be provided with the necessary treatment and advice, Dr. Al Jaber added.

She also called on prospective spouses to do the premarital screening sufficiently before planning their marriage, as the certificate is only valid for six months and only the examination of infectious diseases can be redone.

Source: QNA