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Posted On: 7 April 2020 06:12 pm
Updated On: 7 April 2020 06:16 pm

MoPH celebrates World Health Day 2020 dedicated to nurses, midwives

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The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) participates in the celebration of the World Health Day, which falls on April,7 every year, and this year' slogan is 'Support Nurses and Midwives', and this in conjunction with the celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

The vital role that nurses and midwives play in maintaining health is highlighted, as well as their significant role in universal health coverage, maternal and newborn health, including mental health, emergency preparedness, and response, patient safety, and integrated care.

H.E. Minister of Public Health Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari said that the State of Qatar attaches great importance to nurses and midwives, believing in their pivotal role in improving health care.

In her statement on this occasion, Her Excellency indicated that the celebration of World Health Day comes this year, and the nursing cadres play a vital role with their counterparts in the medical staff who are standing in the first ranks to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the international level.

H.E. Minister of Public Health expressed gratitude to all health personnel working on fighting this pandemic.

The number of nurses and midwives working in the State of Qatar in the governmental, semi-governmental and private health sectors is 23,660 nurses and midwives.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nurses and midwives represent more than 50% of the health workforce in the world and constitute more than 50% of the current deficit in the number of health workers worldwide.

WHO estimates that the world needs 9 million additional nurses and midwives in order to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

WHO seeks to improve the contributions of nurses and midwives to raise the level of health and well-being for all.

Source: Qatar News Agency; Photo credit: Ministry of Public Health