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Posted On: 29 January 2009 11:11 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Qatar impresses Arab Health Congress

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Qatar’s health care sector has impressed delegates at the Arab Health Congress, UAE, with its innovative projects. Most of the leading medical and educational institutions and organisations in Qatar are participating in the four-day event that concludes today. A big achievement for Qatar was the nomination of Nish Patal, Executive Director of Women’s Hospital (WH), as one of three candidates for the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Healthcare Quality Improvement Initiative. The Women’s Hospital (WH), which was inaugurated in 1988; is one of five hospitals affiliated to Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC). The hospital is committed to providing highly specialized diagnostic, therapeutic, antenatal and postnatal care services in Qatar. Qatar University’s College of Pharmacy, one of the participants of the event, is aiming to take a regional lead in pharmacy with a total of 33 students currently under training. “The college was initiated to help meet the country’s growing demand for qualified pharmacists,” said Peter Jewesson, Professor and Dean of the college. “Its creation reflects the commitment of the university and the country towards health education and research as well as improved health outcomes for its citizens.” “We are preparing our students to provide optimal pharmaceutical care through evidence-based practice. We are also promoting research and scholarly activity aimed at advancing health outcomes as well as community outreach activities aimed at healthcare career promotion. In addition, we aim to serve as a pharmaceutical sciences resource for Qatar, the Middle East and the world and to become the leading pharmacy school in the region.” Aspetar, the first orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital in the region, is focusing on areas which set it apart from other regional organisations at the congress – rehabilitation, research, education and Qatar’s national sports medicine programme. “We are working toward the achievement of the national preventative health goals defined by the Ministry of Health to improve the lifestyles of Qatari citizens through healthy lifestyles,” said Tom Bell, Chief Operating Officer, Aspetar. It has became the first medical centre in Western Asia to be awarded medical centre of excellence accreditation by FIFA, the world governing body for soccer. “This was achieved because ASPETAR annual invests substantial time and resources into clinical and basic science research,” Bell said. “This not only improves clinical services and outcomes but also improves the understanding of how to assist athletes and patients to improve their training, fitness, lifestyles and prevention of injuries.”