Posted on November 18, 2017

The high profile third International Primary Health Care Conference opened yesterday in the presence of H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, and discussed ways to enhance medical practices and skills of health care providers. Held under the theme “Healthier Communities, Brighter Future”, the three-day conference will review primary care challenges and developments, provide a platform to drive change and enhance best practice.

More than 700 international healthcare experts, policy makers, primary care specialist, surgeons, physicians and health practitioners attended the opening ceremony held at the Ritz Charlton - Doha. “Following the wise leadership of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani to invest in the nation’s health and wellness as a key priority of Qatar’s National Vision 2030, we are honored to reflect this drive through our commitment to the continued development of primary healthcare services,” said Dr Mariam Abdulmalik, Managing Director of Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) in her opening remarks.

“The conference will conspicuously signalize a celebration of what has been already achieved, a focus on promoting healthy lifestyle, prevention, early diagnosis and the provision of long-term support to patients and their families. The next three days will lay foundations for future developments in primary healthcare globally. It will present a platform for knowledge sharing, a forum facilitating discussions of best practice and a stage reinforcing Qatar’s legacy to promote the health and wellbeing of people through the provision of outstanding healthcare service,” she added.

Also the opening session featured Dr Ahmad Al Shatti, Consultant, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Director, Occupational Health Department , Ministry of Public Health of Kuwait as the keynote speaker. He discussed about laying the foundation for healthier communities and a brighter future saying: “Primary health centers are cornerstones in the health care delivery system, essential setting for health, wellbeing, and necessity for sustainable development for individual for individuals, communities and countries.”

Dr Al Shatti further focused on concepts and initiatives including Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), Eastern Mediterranean Regional (EMR) health priorities, strategies and roadmaps, current situation analysis with non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) as living examples and Healthy Cities initiative, health and climate change, culture and behavior. Around 58 workshops and lectures are scheduled to be held as part of the conference by experts from around the world including countries such as the UK, Canada, the US, Australia, and from Oman, Kuwait and Lebanon as well as leading experts from Qatar. 

Prominent speakers at the conference include, Lord Ara Darzi, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, The Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College and the Institute of Cancer Research. He will deliver a keynote speech tomorrow on “Innovation in Primary Care and Community Services”. Different sessions held on the first day of the conference included discussions on minor surgical skills, knee and shoulder examination workshop and identifying and supporting the Autistic Child in the community workshop. 

source: The Peninsula

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