Posted on December 09, 2017

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), recently commemorated the 2017 World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Traffic Injuries (WDR).

The day, which has been recognized by the United Nations, is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year and is dedicated to remembering the millions killed and injured in road crashes globally. In Qatar, road traffic injuries are recognized as a leading cause of death and disability, especially among the young population. The theme for WDR 2017 was ‘Towards 2020 Target: Reduce Road Fatalities and Serious Injuries by 50%.’ 

Dr. Hassan Al Thani, Head of Trauma Services at HMC’s Hamad Trauma Center said: “We have been working with external partners to optimize the post-crash response from the National Trauma System of Qatar. We are very proud to recognize the contribution of each of our partners in the 43% reduction in road death rates and the 25% drop in the rate of serious road injuries from 2011 to 2016.” A Trauma System is a pre-determined, organized response to managing and improving the care of severely injured patients. Trauma systems span the full continuum of care, from emergency care and rehabilitation to prevention and research. Working in collaboration with the HMC Ambulance Service and HMC’s network of hospitals, including the Hamad General Hospital Level I Trauma Center, the HMC Trauma System delivers a full range of highly-specialized care to Qatar’s most severely injured patients.

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A number of HMC leaders and senior representatives from the Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs and the Al Shafallah Center commented on the importance of providing quality and timely medical care and rehabilitation to victims of road traffic accidents. Mr. Brendon Morris, Executive Director of HMC’s Ambulance Service, said the goal of the Ambulance Service is to provide access to effective care and to continue to improve patient outcomes, despite the yearly increase in demand for their services. Dr. Claire Richards, Senior Consultant and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations at Hamad General Hospital’s Emergency Department, stressed the provision of 24/7 timely, multi-disciplinary care, with onsite consultant presence, for all road traffic injuries.

On behalf of the victims, Mr. Darrin Adams, an HMC Consultant Critical Care Paramedic whose ambulance was hit by another vehicle as he was transporting a stroke patient, spoke of the timeliness and quality of the care he received from HMC. Dr. Wafa Al Yazeedi, Chairperson, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI), spoke about the importance of bringing multiple disciplines together during the recovery process in an effort to maximize the potential of more favorable outcomes, and ultimately return an injured person to good health and well-being in the community.

Dr. Mohamed Tolefat, Director of Therapeutic Services of Al Shafallah Center, emphasized the need to prevent the secondary disabilities that result from preventable road crashes and increase public awareness of the social and psychological needs of the victims. The one-day WDR event was supplemented by a week-long blood donation drive at the HMC Blood Donor Center. Dr. Zeyd Ahmad Ali Merenkov, Head of the HMC Blood Bank spoke of the importance of blood donors to the success of the MTP. “HMC Transfusion Medicine has reduced injuries and fatalities in many trauma patients by providing blood transfusions.”