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Posted On: 20 October 2009 11:31 am
Updated On: 3 April 2019 12:49 pm

Health check for workers made easier

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THE PENINSULA DOHA: The Medical Commission, jointly with the e-government, yesterday launched the online registration service for companies seeking the mandatory medical check-up for their newly- recruited workers. Companies can now fix appointments for the check up as well as pay the fees online. The service is currently accessible to firms registered with the e-government. However, there is a plan to expand it to other categories such as domestic workers in future, Dr Ahmed Kamal Naji, director of the Medical Commission said yesterday. “The new system will help the companies to complete the mandatory check-up for their workers faster and in an easier way. Earlier, company representatives had to come to the Commission for taking appointments and payment of fees. With introduction of the online system, we will be able to accommodate more people on a daily basis,” said Naji, while addressing the press after the launch of the new service. “Currently we are screening about 2,500 people daily. We would be able to accommodate 3,000 to 3,500 people once the new system is introduced successfully,” he added. The Commission will soon meet with company representatives (Mandoob) to familiarise them on the new system. The online service can be availed of by company representatives with a valid username and password to access the e-government portal. They can go to the link www.sch.gov.qa and enter visa details of the employees seeking the check up. If the employee is a woman, it has to be specified whether she is pregnant or not since pregnant women are exempted from X-ray tests. The applicant should also provide a mobile number along with personal details of the employee. The test results will be sent to this number through SMS. Once the fees are paid on line, a page will be displayed showing the available dates and time for appointment and the number of workers that can be accommodated on that particular day. The applicant can chose from these and fix the appointments accordingly. A receipt with a barcode will be issued once the application procedures are completed. A print out of this receipt is to be produced while going for the check up to identity the employee and cross- check the information provided in the application form. “There will be two special counters at the Commission for those who have registered on line to facilitate their easy entry. This will help reduce the wait time for check up. Currently, it takes between 30 minutes to one hour to complete the check up. With the new system we expect to complete it in about 20 minutes,” said Dr Ahmed Ismail, assistant director of the Medical Commission. He said a project was underway to upgrade the facilities at the Commission so as to accommodate more number of people. Laboratories and the x-ray equipment have been upgraded. Expansion of the existing premises is also part of the plan. Eng Ahmad Mohamed Al Kuwari, E-government program manager, who was also present at the launch ceremony, told this newspaper that about 95 per cent of the companies in Qatar would be able to avail of the new service. Mohamed Al Mutawa, director of IT at SCH was also present, along with senior officials from the Ministry of Interior.