The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported today that strong winds with a speed of 72 kilometres per hour and torrential rain caused the collapse of two tents this afternoon, which had been established at Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital to expand its capacity, as reported by Lusail News.
The ministry explained that these tents were established to expand the hospital to support and provide care for patients infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), stressing that no other part of the hospital was affected by this storm.
All patients were safely and quickly evacuated and no patient was injured in the accident, but 23 employees were injured during the process of protecting and transporting patients. Most of them were minor injuries and medical care was provided to all injured employees immediately.
Members of the Accident Control and Control Committee at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) arrived at the accident site shortly after it occurred to coordinate and supervise the incident response.
This is what Hussein Ishaq, Executive Director of Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital had to say:
"The incident that took place today was dealt with very seriously, while the resulting damages are being identified and the necessary investigation has been carried out."
He praised in this context staff of the hosital for their heroism in helping to ensure that no patient was injured and all patients were evacuated and taken safely to other hospitals to continue to receive health care.
patients who were receiving treatment for the coronavirus (COVID-19) were transferred to Ras Laffan Hospital, which is also one of the hospitals designated for the treatment of çoronavirus (COVID-19) patients.
The MoPH has confirmed that it always puts the safety of its patients and employees at the top of its priorities, and HMC has started an investigation into how the accident occurred.
The Ministry indicated that the incident that occurred today will not affect the response of the HMC to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in terms of the services provided and the clinical capacity available to patients, as it was planned in the framework of the Ministry's response to this pandemic to ensure a large surplus in the institution's clinical capacity.
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