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18 December 2014 03:00 pm

HMC Hosts Qatar National Day Celebrations

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In recognition of Qatar National Day (QND), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will host a number of fun activities and exciting events for patients, staff and members of the public. The festivities, which are being held across HMC’s network of hospitals and facilities, celebrate Qatar’s culture, customs and traditions.

To share the joy of the national day celebrations with staff, patients and visitors, Hanan Al Kuwari PhD, HMC Managing Director visited Hamad General Hospital (HGH), Women’s Hospital, Rumailah Hospital, Heart Hospital, National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), Human Resources Department and Transportation Department. She also visited HMC’s pavilion at Darb El Saai, where she toured various sections and interacted with visiting school children.

A traditional Qatari tent, featuring local artifacts, henna design and face painting will welcome patients and members of the public to HGH’s Outpatient Department and the ceiling of the Department’s lobby has been adorned in burgundy and white stripes to depict the Qatari flag. A traditional sweets and juice stall will serve visitors and a screen will display QND celebrations across the country.

Entrances to pediatric clinics have been decorated with colorful balloons and two characters, dressed in traditional Qatari costume, will distribute gifts to patients and visitors.

The Help Desk at Women’s Hospital, located in the main entrance, has been decorated and a screen showing historical clips about Qatar and National Day activities has been set up. Traditional food and drinks, as well as henna design, will also be available.

At Al Khor Hospital, Qatari flags have been installed at all information desks and are being distributed to patients and visitors. The hospital’s main lobby has been decorated with flags and flowers to welcome patients, visitors and staff. Arabic coffee and cupcakes, in the shape of Qatar’s flag, will be distributed from the Patient and Visitors Service Center (PVSC) counter in the main lobby. Gifts, including QND greeting cards, will be distributed to all staff and patients. Other highlights will include face painting for children, the singing of national songs and chants.

Al Wakra Hospital (AWH) has organized a variety of events for patients and visitors, including henna design, children’s face painting, balloons, giveaways and a performance featuring a local artist. Hospital entrances will be decorated and traditional refreshments will be served.

Rumailah Hospital’s main entrances, clinics and many inpatient units will be colorfully decorated. Patients and visitors will be treated to traditional Qatari hospitality with Qatari coffee, dates, chocolates and desserts on offer. ‘Ardah’– a Qatari traditional dance troupe - will entertain patients, visitors and staff. The celebrations will also include traditional Qatari games and contests and inpatients and their families will be treated to a free lunch buffet and a QND-themed cake.

At Heart Hospital a food stall will serve Qatari food and drinks throughout the day and a large billboard has been placed in the main lobby for patients and visitors to share their QND well wishes. A traditional social gathering hall will allow patients and visitors to sit and take photos commemorating the day. Ushers dressed in traditional Qatari costume will distribute Qatari flags and branded pens. There will also be games and competitions with QND-themed prizes.

The Cuban Hospital will hold a special function to celebrate the day with Mr. Mohammed Aamer Al Marri, Assistant Chief Executive Officer at The Cuban Hospital, and Mr. Khalfan Al Noaimi, Principal of Dukhan Independent School for Boys, delivering speeches during the event. Other activities will include a poetry presentation from students of Dukhan Independent School.

The Cuban Hospital will also host Qatari traditional dancers, a poetry recitation from Qatari poets,children’s entertainment, including a trampoline park, and giveaways. Children will be treated to popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, face painting and horse and camel rides. A health corner, educating patients and visitors about diabetes and hypertension, as well as screening for the conditions, has also been organized.

Staff of the Ambulance Service will host a stand at Darb Al Saai until 20 December; the stand will operate from 8 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm until 10 pm and will feature a special program that introduces preschoolers to paramedics, the ambulance unit and ambulance equipment.