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Posted On: 18 November 2012 02:15 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

HMC Campaigns to Raise Awareness on Pain in Children

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Pediatric Pain Awareness Month Conducted for the First Time in the Gulf region Doha, 18 November 2012: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is conducting Pediatric Pain Awareness Month for the first time in the Gulf region in order to raise staff and public awareness and enhance pain management for infants, children and adolescents. The Children’s Hospital Project team at HMC is leading this major initiative as part of HMC’s partnership with SickKids Hospital Canada. The event builds on Qatar’s capacity to keep pace with global strategies for the management of pain in infants, children and adolescents. As part of the awareness campaign, educational workshops are being conducted to enhance the knowledge of 240 healthcare professionals in using evidence-based tools to assess and manage pain in children. Public educational activities will also be conducted in HMC hospitals, as well as through newspaper and television broadcasts. A Pain Awareness symposium will be held later this month to close the event. Speaking on the program for Pain Awareness Month, Dr Abdulla Al Kaabi, Project Director for the Children’s Hospital Project said, “We have been working for many years with SickKids to improve the level of care that children in Qatar receive, part of which is pain management in children from birth until adolescence. We started this campaign to raise the level of awareness among healthcare staff as well as families about recognizing and managing pain in children of different ages.” Dr Al Kaabi explained, “It can be challenging to recognize pain in young children, and pain is sometimes underestimated by people. Awareness is always the first step – if we cannot recognize it, we cannot treat it or refer it to the right people. We are involving people from different disciplines in this course to make sure that multidisciplinary teams who care for children use the best available methods to assess and manage pain. We are also aiming to educate families so that they know how to recognize pain in children, especially in babies who cannot talk to express their pain.” “Being aware of pain in children can also improve the outcome of treatment. For example, when a child experiences pain after an operation and this is not properly managed, it can affect the success of the operation and can cause complications in the form of infection. This can be easily avoided if there is proper management from the beginning, and the patient’s treatment will have a better outcome,” Dr Mansour Ahmed Ali, Head of Pediatric Surgery at HMC added. Dr Mohammed Janahi, Chairman of Pediatrics at HMC said pediatric specialists are participating along with other healthcare professionals in the workshops to enhance their knowledge on assessing and managing pain in their patients. Pointing out that the campaign is part of efforts to change the culture of pain being suppressed, Dr Janahi said, “In our culture men and boys are discouraged from complaining if they are feeling any pain, but this is not right because we need to be aware if children are feeling pain. The purpose of holding Pain Awareness Month is to educate our people that children should be encouraged to express their pain, and people who are caring for children should not ignore this, as it could indicate a serious condition which we can better diagnose if we are aware of the pain that the child is feeling.” ILQ NEWS