In line with the global observance of World Heart Day 2012, Qatar Petroleum’s Medical Services Department organised a variety of activities last Sunday to spread information on cardiovascular diseases and to conduct heart health screening among QP employees.
The health promotion activities were held in QP’s four frontline clinics at its offices in Ras Abu Aboud Compound, TransWorld Tower, Al Handassa Building, and Navigation Tower. In all these locations, a dedicated team of nurses conducted a screening program using a heart health questionnaire to understand a person’s potential risk for developing heart disease or having a heart attack. All participants also underwent a heart health check-up, which included measuring their blood pressure, blood sugar, as well as their height-to-weight ratio, or body mass index (BMI).
Based on the risk rating from the health checks and questionnaire, QP’s occupational health doctors then provided each patient with one-to-one health advice, information leaflets as well as tips on lifestyle changes and proper nutrition. Those identified as belonging to a high-risk category has been shortlisted and referred for further management through QP’s Doha Fitness Program and follow-up care.
What served as the main venue for QP’s Word Heart Day activities was the Navigation Tower in West Bay, where over 120 employees attended the three sessions of health awareness presentations conducted by the corporation’s occupational health doctors. At the conclusion of each session, the participants eagerly took part in quizzes related to heart health, with prizes then given away to the winners.
Held under the directives of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of QP, the corporation’s World Heart Day activities were organised under the guidance of Mr. Ahmad Ali Abdulla Al-Mawlawi, Director for Administration, and Dr. Mahmood Abdul Rahman Al-Jaidah, Manager for Medical Services at QP.
World Heart Day is an annual event organised by the World Heart Federation (WHF), which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. First held in 2000, the event takes place every year on September 29, and the theme this year was “One World, One Home, One Heart.”
The main objective of World Heart Day is to raise global awareness on the dangers of heart disease and stroke, which are presently recognised as the world’s leading cause of death worldwide. Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of 17.3 million people annually and the number of victims continues to rise every year. According to the WHF, it is expected that up to 23 million people will die of cardiovascular diseases annually by 2030.
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