Qatar's Achievements In Healthcare Highlighted At Conference

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) fazeena saleem | The Peninsula

Doha: Qatar's wide-ranging experience in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and healthcare sector's contribution in delivering a successful World Cup will be shared during the Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2023, said a senior official yesterday.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), and co-chair of the Forum, Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal said that throughout the pandemic, Qatar developed, modified and learnt quickly, adopting new models to ensure that patients continued to access the best care.

“The commitment, resilience and innovation showed at supporting in hosting and delivering the World Cup Qatar 2022 was an incredible achievement soon after battling the COVID-19 pandemic. As a matter of fact the huge experience and resilience we gained from our response to the pandemic made us more prepared for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” Dr. Al Khal added.

“We have a lot to share in terms of the experience we gained from our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and also our preparedness for the World Cup. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience that we have developed as a result in the public health care, tertiary care or the primary care - and we are keen to share this knowledge with all the learners either form the country or the region or other parts of the world,” he said, speaking to media on the sidelines of the forum.

With an unrivalled line-up of international and local experts, the Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is hosted by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The two-day forum is being held under the theme“Healthcare Resilience in Extraordinary Times.”

Dr. Al Khal said that the forum is a significantly important conference since it is being held in person for the first time since 2019.

“Although this is the 10th conference, it is happening after an interruption of three years after the COVID-19 pandemic. So it's really timely and its important opportunity for healthcare workers to catch up what they missed.

“The key theme of this conference is resilience; and resilience is what made us persevere during the COVID-19 pandemic; and we learned a great deal about resilience, how to make your system resilient in the face of future disasters... There is a long list of topics and scientific topics which will be related to everyday patient care such as patient flow, infection control, patient satisfaction and wellbeing of the health workers and among many others,” said Dr. Al Khal.

According to Dr. Al Khal, over the ten years the Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare has helped healthcare providers gain knowledge, skills, develop competence and methods to prevent harm that can happen to patients in healthcare settings.


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