A number of healthcare officials in Qatar confirmed Thursday that the country was fully prepared to provide good healthcare services during the World Cup 2022.
The officials were speaking on the sidelines of Qatar Health 2020. They highlighted the distinguished partnerships they have with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and FIFA in that regard, which will help ensure that healthcare services are delivered efficiently and free to all who need it.
Qatar Health 2020 Chairman Dr. AbdulWahab Al Musleh, who is also Chairman of the World Cup 2022 Healthcare and Doping Control Committee, said that the conference is the beginning of a variety of events and programs held by the Ministry of Public Health in cooperation with WHO. The main goal of these programs according to Al Musleh is to raise awareness among the public and healthcare workers, which will help enhance medical preparations for the World Cup in Qatar. He said that programs will start in 2020, with the last one taking place in 2022.
He noted that these preparations will be useful for other events hosted by the country including Sports Day and National Day, and not just the World Cup. He said that cooperation with WHO is ongoing, adding that Qatar will organise an event with the organisation in May in Geneva. He said that Qatar will invite all countries that previously hosted sporting events like the World Cup or the Olympics to share their experience in the field of healthcare services.
He said that there is a comprehensive medical plan that has three levels of service provision. The first level is at stadiums and hotels, the second is in health centers, and the third is in public hospitals. He also said that the plans were especially important given the expectations that 1.9 million people will visit Qatar for the World Cup. He added that countries whose fans need vaccinations will be part of the ministry's preparations.
Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Public Health His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani said that Qatar Health 2020 is one of the biggest conferences for the ministry this year, as it includes all parties of the healthcare sector preparing for the World Cup 2022. He stressed that Qatar's medical preparations will be the best in the history of all world cup editions. He highlighted that there was a particular focus on emergencies and on medical care provided during times of big gatherings. He added that they are particularly interested in providing medical attention easily and as fast as possible. He highlighted the partnerships with FIFA and WHO that aims to provide the best medical services.
Cover image credit: Qatar Tribune
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