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Posted On: 7 April 2016 04:40 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:16 pm

World Health Day 2016

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The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) will mark the World Health Day with the participation of several healthcare organisations and a number of activities over the next week and a year-long special diabetes awareness programmes.
Held under the theme “Eat Healthy Be Active” and with the participation of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA), Action on Diabetes (AoD) and a number of private hospitals, the events aim to achieve the National Diabetes Strategy slogan “Preventing Diabetes Together”.

Qatar pays special attention to diabetes particularly because 17% of adults in Qatar are diabetic. Diabetes is number four in the top causes of deaths in Qatar within the last decade.
According to Dr Salih Ali al-Marri from MoPH, the diabetes figure represents more than double the burden of the disease on a global scale rate. “It is also expected that the number of people with diabetes will be doubled by the year 2045 unless appropriate action aiming to limit the spread of the disease is in place,” he added.
In 2014 the global prevalence of diabetes was estimated to be 9% among adults aged 18 and above, while the prevalence of diabetes in the Eastern Mediterranean region is estimated to be 13.7% among adults.

HMC will hold diabetes screening in all its hospitals without appointments during the World Health Day activities. HMC will set up two tents in the Wakrah Souq Waqif and Al Khor Park tomorrow to screen diabetes for the public and counsel diabetics. There will also be demonstration of exercises and walking for the public in Wakrah Souq Waqif.
PHCC will hold diabetes screening to the public in all health centres without appointments and health promotion and awareness lectures on diabetes will be held in some selected schools.
QDA will operate their mobile clinic at Aspire Park tomorrow and will also organise Youth Challenge Diabetes Camp 2016, from April 9 to 13 while AoD will organise a mobile clinic in Katara tomorrow. Participating private hospitals also will screen the public for diabetes without appointment.