Posted on June 13, 2011

The Community College in Qatar has organized a plenary consultative meeting with representatives of work sectors in the State sectors, including ministries, companies, banks and corporations. The meeting was attended by Dr. Ibrahim Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the CCQ Steering Committee, Dr. Judith Hansen, Dean of the College, some members of the teaching and administrative staff, representatives of the Media and Liaison Office of the Supreme Education Council and some students of the college.

The meeting was aimed to hold consultations and to continue dialogue on how work sectors will care for college students and staff and the provision of educational opportunities to them through the adoption by these sectors of flexible work systems and policies that allow for care for the college students to enable them continue their education and promote academic success by providing scholarships to these students.

The meeting was also aimed to promote awareness of the role of the Community College in Qatar and its academic programmes and to draw up a registration plan of the students adopted by the various work sector and to build an effective partnership with the various business sectors to enhance the training and development services in the future. Earlier, the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) decided to impose a temporary ban of importing fresh cucumber, tomato and lettuce from the Kingdom of Spain and the Federal Republic of Germany due to the spread of the enter hemorrhagic Escherichia coli bacteria (EHEC).

The SEC says this ban is to be observed at all the country’s entry sites and by all competent parties. This notice requires a health certificate correspondent to all fresh vegetable and fruit shipments coming from all European countries to prove they are free from the hemorrhagic Escherichia coli bacteria (EHEC). The Council calls upon all food importers to strictly observe the implementation of this ban in favour of the public health of all residents in Qatar, and also urges all residents to thoroughly wash all vegetables and fruits before consuming them. As a precautionary measure, the SCH has reminded doctors and health workers of Hamad Medical Corporation and the Primary Health Care to closely investigate any patient who comes suffering from diarrhea with blood in stool accompanied by stomach colic, especially those who have recently come to the country from the European countries which had some case of the disease.

It also advises passengers who are travelling to the infected countries to avoid having fresh and raw vegetables until things settle down. They are also advised to repeatedly wash their hands especially before the preparation an eating their foods, and after using the bath room. Children caretakers are particularly advised to observe these precautions. The SCH, in cooperation with the Joint Human Food Control Committee, says it will monitor the situation closely on the basis of the regular reports issued by the competent international organizations, and will not hesitate to ban all vegetable imports from Europe if that is necessary to preserve the people’s health in Qatar.