Posted on September 09, 2017

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has taken a set of measures to ensure regular and uninterrupted supply of medicines in Qatar after its neighbouring countries imposed an unfair economic blockade on the country on June 5, this year.

The CEO of Corporate Communications Department at HMC and Chair of the Supreme Committee for Healthcare Communications, Ali Khater has said that Qatar made sure that the blockade did not affect the health sector in the country. He added that the regular provision of medicines has been maintained by Qatar through purchases from different parts of the world in accordance with the approved standards, which ensure access to the best pharmaceutical products at the best prices. The HMC Drug Supply Unit has special tools to monitor stock levels of medicines, which helped the HMC to ensure adequate supply of essential as well as other medicines in Qatar throughout the ongoing blockade period.

Meanwhile, the HMC continues to implement its healthcare facilities' expansion programme despite the siege. The programme is one of largest in the health sector in the region. As per the programme, HMC will open new hospitals in Qatar this year, adding more than 1,100 new beds to its healthcare facilities. The increase in the number of hospital beds is seen as the biggest leap in the recent times in Qatar and will include about 60 beds per month in specialties with high demand for services, which will allow more patients to be accommodated and receive health care in the most advanced healthcare facilities.

Opening of new facilities and hospitals will also provide an opportunity for further expansion and development in existing hospitals. The new hospitals include: Women's Wellness and Research Center (WWRC), Daily Medical Care Center and Qatar Rehabilitation Institute.

source: Qatar Tribune