The Ministry of Public Health launched the electronic platform: Qatar Cancer Information Center, in the presence of a group of specialists and academics from Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries on Thursday evening, Jun 2, 2022.
The Qatar Cancer Information Center is considered the national reference for information related to cancer in the State of Qatar, and it aims to provide a comprehensive governance system for high-quality, up-to-date, and reliable information on cancer and communication between all concerned institutions and individuals.
In the opening speech, Dr. Saleh Ali Al-Marri, Assistant Minister of Public Health for Health Affairs, stressed the importance of developing cancer services in the State of Qatar and its impact on society, explaining that the Ministry of Public Health, in cooperation with public and private sector institutions, has developed strategic plans to achieve this goal through the national strategy.
The Assistant Minister of Public Health for Health Affairs added: “The Qatar Cancer Information Center will work to spread awareness of the disease and build bridges between health care providers and researchers to ensure the advancement of health services provided to cancer patients." He also thanked the staff of the National Cancer Program at the Ministry of Public Health and all workers in the health services sector, Qatar Red Crescent, and the Qatar Cancer Society for their medical and societal efforts toward cancer patients.
Lord Ara Darzi, Chairman of the National Council for Cancer Governance, said: "The support and guidance of the Government of Qatar to health strategies has paid off through the distinguished level of services provided to cancer patients in the country." Lord Darzi explained that the first national cancer strategy 2011-2016 laid the foundation for distinguished health services, then the national cancer framework came to complete this process by building a complete system that covers all stages of the disease, starting from awareness and early detection, through developing treatment systems and ending with encouraging scientific research. in this jurisdiction. He also thanked Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, for her continuous support to all cancer services in the country.
Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of the Public Health Department at the Ministry of Public Health, said that the State of Qatar attaches great importance to the health sector in improving the health of the Qatari community and achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. He also praised the support of the Minister of Public Health for national health strategies to achieve development goals. Health services systems in the country. He also stressed that the Ministry of Public Health is working with a continuous effort to raise health services according to the highest levels of international assessment, through the development of national plans and programs for the various health sectors, including cancer.
The Director of the Public Health Department explained that the Qatar Cancer Information Center will constitute an important reference for every researcher, health care provider and community members, and will also ensure permanent monitoring of cancer information in a manner that preserves the rights of the patient. He thanked the members of the National Cancer Program and everyone who participated in the establishment of the important center.
On this occasion, His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Cancer Society, expressed his happiness to participate in the opening of the Qatar Cancer Information Center, praising the pivotal role and tireless efforts led by the National Cancer Program under the umbrella of the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar in the field of cancer control. He praised the continuous cooperation between the Society and the National Cancer Program in several areas, most notably the unified national initiatives to raise awareness of cancer, building the capacities of health workers through continuing medical education programs, as well as cooperation in the field of Qatar National Cancer Control Plan 2023-2025, as well as cooperation with the National Cancer Registry in Qatar and inform them of the cancer registry data as well as with the Qatar Cancer Network.
Amid Abu Humaidan, Director of the National Cancer Registry at the Ministry of Public Health, gave a detailed presentation on the online platform of the Qatar Cancer Information Center, where he explained that the center is based on three axes, namely:
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